Student Dress Code

Information dealing with issues such as duty of care, student wellbeing, excursions and work experience.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links

Do you need to comply?

No, but schools are encouraged to establish a dress code for their students.

Conditions of compliance

A dress code is a detailed written statement of the expectations that a school holds regarding student appearance. The code usually applies during school hours, while travelling to and from school, and when students are engaged in school activities out of school hours.

A dress code may require students to wear a school uniform and may define specifications for garment design and colour. Alternatively, a dress code may merely set out broad guidelines as to the appearance of students.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

A student dress code must ensure that all requirements enable both sexes to participate actively and safely in school on the basis of their sex, race, ethnic group, nationality, religious beliefs, marital status, colour or disability.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You could be in breach of equal opportunity legislation.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275


Word DocumentISV: Dress Code Model Policy

Links and Resources

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Student Dress Code

External linkSunsmart – advice for schools