Acceptable Use Agreement Templates
The Department has provided these templates to assist school communities to develop agreements as to what constitutes acceptable use of internet, netbooks and other online and digital technologies in their communities.
These agreement are templates. Schools can add and/or delete information where necessary to make them relevant to their school environment. It is recommended that teachers work through the behaviours described in the agreement (Part B) with their students and send a copy home for students to share and discuss with their parents.
These templates must be accurate, communicated and reviewed regularly and feature information to assist parents to support their child's internet use at home.
Upper Primary and Secondary Schools
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Schools may wish to recommend that parents discuss, develop and implement a similar 'family agreement' at home. This will assist students to understand what is and isn't appropriate behaviour and that approprate behaviour is expected everywhere and anytime they are online.
For more information, see: Parents and Cybersafety
School-based behaviour management policies that reference acceptable use agreements and programs or activities that address safe and responsible online behaviours are more likely to be well received and adhered to if students have been included in their development. Student voice and action is highly valuable as they have the knowledge of how it is being used both appropriately and inappropriately and the related consequences for its misuse.
Schools should consider their Duty of Care responsibility to students using online and digital technologies that are provided at or by the school. The Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA) is a school’s declaration of its Duty of Care. Therefore a school is required to:
add information about programs, online and digital technologies including social media tools specific to their school
describe strategies designed to teach students to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies when they are not at school
align expected behaviours described in the Agreement with the school’s Student Engagement Policy and eLearning Plan
provide information to parents and/or guardians about the Agreement, the school’s programs and considerations for at home use of online and digital technologies
retain a copy of the completed and signed Acceptable Use Agreement on file at the school.
It is understood that students' signing of these agreements is a way of raising awareness and is not legally binding on those students.
Posting and sharing information about a person other than yourself online or in any other way requires consent. Consent must be fully informed, freely given, current and specific in how the information will be presented and to whom it will be presented. Schools will require signed authority for any work, images or information posted online. School should understand that while consent can be freely given, it can also be withdrawn at any time. The school would then be required to remove the content/resource immediately.
Consent forms - students
The following template has been designed for schools to use when requesting permission to publish, reproduce and communicate a student’s work or image.
To access the template, see: Student and parent/guardian consent for recording &/or publishing (doc - 76kb)
The following template has been provided by the Department to assist school communities to develop agreements with students as to what constitutes acceptable use of internet, netbooks and other online and digital technologies in their communities.
To access the template, see: Student Acceptable Use Agreement
Consent forms – adults
The following template has been designed for schools to use when requesting permission from adult members of the school community who will be participating in an event that may be recorded (photograph, video, audio and/or other recordings) for promotional, marketing and or communication activities.
To access the template, see: Adult consent for recording &/or publishing (doc - 68kb)
To access the policy on photographing and filming students, see: Photographing and Filming Students - School Policy and Advisory Guide