School Property Damage

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Purpose of this policy

To establish when a parent/guardian might be liable for costs incurred by a student damaging school property. 


A parent is not legally responsible for damage caused by a student at school unless it can be shown that the student was:

  • acting as the agent or employee of the parent
  • acting with the authority of the parent or
  • the damage was caused by a dangerous article that was given to the student by a parent.

Reporting serious wilful damage

In cases of serious wilful damage caused by a student, principals may choose to report the matter to the police.

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