What do schools and school boarding premises have to do?
Schools must update their child safety strategies, policies and practices by 1 July 2022 to comply with the new Standards.
School boarding premises must also update their child safe strategies and practices. They do not need separate policy documents to the school if they ensure the school policies address the unique risks and vulnerabilities of the school boarding setting.
All references to 'schools' include school boarding premises.
The role of governing authorities
Ministerial Order 1359 acknowledges schools have different school governance arrangements.
When considering this regulatory information and guidance:
- Catholic schools must follow the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria advice and ensure that policies and procedures are approved by their governing authority
- Government schools must follow Department of Education advice on the differing responsibilities of the school council and principal
- Independent schools must ensure their governing authority understands the obligations of Ministerial Order 1359 and approves the policies and procedures it requires.
Ready to get started?
Action lists for government and non-government schools:
- Child Safe Standards Action List – non-government schools (DOCX,
- Child Safe Standards Action List – government schools (DOCX,
Action lists specific to Catholic schools can be accessed through the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria .
Schools - guidance
Best practice advice for applying the new Child Safe Standards to better protect children and young people in all organisations that work with children.
Child Safe Standards templates and resources
Further information and downloadable resources to meet the Child Safe Standards for schools.
Reviewed 02 February 2023