Health, wellbeing and safety

​The Department has a range of programs and initiatives that support early years providers, schools and families to keep children, students and young people healthy and safe.

​​​​Respectful Relationships

Resources and guidance on violence prevention and respectful relationships education in schools.

PROTECT - Child Safe Standards

The new Child Safe Standards will ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in schools and early childhood services.


LOOKOUT Centres are designed to boost the capacity of schools, child protection and out of home care services to improve educational outcomes for children and young people living in out of home care.

State Schools' Relief

A program providing school uniforms, shoes, books and more to families to help disadvantaged students access the best possible chance to reach their potential.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student misses out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.

School Breakfast Clubs Program

A program providing a free and healthy breakfast in disadvantaged primary schools to students who may otherwise arrive at school hungry.

Best Start

An initiative supporting families, service providers and communities to offer the best environment, experiences and care to children in the important early years, from pregnancy through to school age.

Safe Schools Program

The Government is committed to delivering Safe Schools at all government secondary schools to help schools combat homophobia and transphobia and create inclusive school environments.​

Bully Stoppers

Bully Stoppers supports students, parents, teachers and principals in working together to make sure schools are safe and supportive places, where everyone is empowered to help reduce the incidence of bullying in all Victorian schools.

Doctors in Secondary Schools

The Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative is delivering on the election commitment to fund general practitioners (GPs) to attend 100 of Victoria’s schools to provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need.       

​​​Emergencies and Natural Disasters

This initiative helps schools and children’s services make sure they are well prepared to deal with emergencies and natural disasters and that the safety of all children and staff is the priority.

Every Day Counts

Attending school each and every day is one of the building blocks for a great education. The Every Day Counts initiative outlines the importance of school attendance.

School Sport ​Victoria

School Sport Victoria provides sporting opportunities for students and supports teachers to deliver quality physical and sport education programs in schools.