Issues such as compliance, safety in the curriculum, duty of care and bullying.
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links
Do you need to comply?
Yes, under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic).
Conditions of compliance
It is a requirement of The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) that schools have policies and procedures in place in relation to student bullying. These regulations stem from the Education & Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).
Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and supportive environment for all their students where the risk of harm is minimised. Cybersafety needs to be addressed as part of a planned whole school approach which is integrated into all student wellbeing policies.
If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
1. Establish a cybersafety team.
2. Establish a cybersafety contact person
3. Develop appropriate policies and procedures which include:
- Explicit guidelines for acceptable and appropriate online behaviour
- Expectations of students online and clear consequences for engaging in hostile behaviour online
- Methods for redressing inappropriate behaviour
- ‘Bystander’ reporting rules
- A clear and explicit process for investigating complaints and the follow up support and protection of the reporter.
NB: These policies should be extended beyond school based online behaviour to behaviour that occurs outside of school hours or the school grounds that involves or impacts on students from the school.
4. Educate students
- Understanding cyberbullying
- Digital Media Literacy
- Positive online behaviour
- Peer and personal safety
5. Educate parents
- Parent information sessions
- Parent awareness raising and skill building training
- Newsletter items outlining the schools’ cybersafety policy and procedures.
- Professional development training
- Student Technology Audit
- Lesson plans
- Legal obligations to minimise and address risks – ‘Duty of Care’.
What are the consequences if you don’t comply?
You may be in breach of requirements of the Act. You may be compromising the wellbeing of your students.
Who will help you?
Independent Schools Victoria contact:
Documents for Download
Links and Resources
Vic DET: Cyberbullying
Vic DET: Using Social Media (please note that this is only a guide and that some of the information may not apply to Independent schools)
Vic DET: Supporting Digital Learning
The Free Child Project: Ladder of Young Peoples Participation