School Site Safety

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 ensure schools comply with site and environmental safety requirements.


The principal acts as the school’s site manager and is responsible for:

  • occupational health and safety (OH&S) affecting buildings, plant, classroom furniture and equipment
  • general safety and environmental management including
    • soil and environmental contamination
    • building ventilation
    • noise
    • rainwater tanks
    • sanitation and waste collection
    • swimming pools
    • tree maintenance
    • fire protection prevention
    • bushfire preparedness
  • general safety practices on site during a construction project.

Note: Schools must only incorporate approved playground equipment (and must not use seesaws, swings, maypoles, merry-go-rounds, roundabouts and flying foxes) see: 

Funding support: essential services and contracts

The Department provides funding for:

  • essential services
  • building services maintenance (annual contracts).

This support facilitates:

  • the inspection and servicing of:
    • heating plant
    • specialised fire equipment
    • emergency and exit lighting
    • lifts
    • EPA-licensed sewerage treatment
    • water treatment and other sanitary needs.

See: School Maintenance System

Related policies

Related legislation

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Department resources

Other resources