Student safety and wellbeing is our highest priority. If you have experienced any form of abuse as a student at a Victorian government school, we encourage you to report this behaviour to the Department so that we can take appropriate action.
If you are a current student, we encourage you to report to your school or to your relevant regional office. If you are a former student, we encourage you to make contact with the school where the incident occurred, or the region. For regional office contacts, see: Regions.
Accessing school information
If you would like to access information or documents that may be in the possession of the Department, see: Accessing School Information
Reporting to the police
To report abuse at a Victorian government school, or if you are concerned that you or another person is at risk of abuse or otherwise in danger you should contact one or more of:
Victoria Police on Triple Zero (000) if the risk is immediate
Your local police station or Victoria Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) - see: Find your local SOCIT
SANO Task Force - SANO was established by Victoria Police to investigate historic and new allegations of child sexual abuse - see: SANO Task Force
Reporting to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
In January 2013, the Commonwealth Government appointed a Royal Commission to inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
If you would like to share your story with the Royal Commission, see: Share Your Story
The Counselling Assistance Program
In certain circumstances the Department offers financial assistance for counselling to former students who report having been abused at a Victorian government school. These payments are known as Counselling Assistance Payments. The purpose of Counselling Assistance Payments is to assist survivors of sexual abuse to access appropriate therapeutic services, without having to file legal proceedings or lodge a negligence claim.
You can apply for Counselling Assistance Payments by contacting the Legal Divison at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 9637 3146.
Please note that accepting an offer of Counselling Assistance Payments will not prevent you from seeking compensation or bringing a legal claim against the Department.
Lodging a claim with the Department
If you have suffered a physical or psychological injury as a result of your treatment at a Victorian government school and you believe that the Department is at fault, you may wish to lodge a claim for compensation with the Legal Division.
If you would like to make a claim, it is suggested that you first seek independent legal advice about your options.
If you would like to make a negligence claim of find out about the process, please see: Negligence Claims Process