Student Welfare

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has established minimum standards in relation to student welfare policies.

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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

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) have established minimum standards in relation to the care, safety and welfare of students. Schools must have policies and procedures in place to provide students with a safe and secure environment.

A school’s student welfare policy may follow the Department of Education and Training’s (Vic DET) Framework for Student Support Services and Student Wellbeing and Engagement Guidelines to ensure that their duty of care responsibilities and student welfare is incorporated into all aspects of school life.

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

Student Welfare Policies should include strategies that address:

Where possible, student welfare policies should make reference to other school policies that cover the above aspects, and also include other areas such as equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, anti-bullying and harassment, alcohol and drug policies.

Schools are also expected to inform staff of their legal responsibilities for the care, safety and welfare of students.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

If the VRQA determines that a registered school does not comply with one or more of the minimum standards, it may:

  • impose conditions on the school’s registration
  • prohibit the school from enrolling any new students
  • require the school to report its non-compliance to parents
  • suspend, cancel or impose conditions on the school’s registration.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Elspeth Adamson
Manager, Student Services
Ph. 9825 7204
elspeth.adamson@is.vic.edu.au

Documents for Downloads

PDFISV: Managing Complaints and Grievances

PDFISV: Staff Legal Responsibilities

PDFVic DET: Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools

PDFVic DET: Student wellbeing and engagement policy guidelines

PDFSouth Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services: Positive Practices for Staff in their Interactions with Children and Young People

Links and Resources

External linkISV: Accidents and Incident Register

External linkISV: Alcohol (student consumption)

External linkISV: Anaphylaxis Management Plans

External linkISV: Anti-Bullying and Harassment

External linkISV: Child Protection / Mandatory Reporting

External linkISV: Duty of Care

External linkISV: Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination

External linkISV: Emergency Management Plans

External linkISV: First Aid Policies and Procedures

External linkISV: Illicit Drugs in Schools

External linkISV: Outside School Hours Care

External linkISV: Student Attendance

External linkISV: Students with Individual needs / disabilities

External linkISV: Student Discipline

External linkISV: Victorian Resiliency Program