Dress Code Legislation

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 outline the legislative basis for student dress codes.

Policy

All school councils have the authority to develop and implement dress codes for their students with this authority arising from a Ministerial Order under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.

Legislative basis

This table describes the legislative basis for dress codes.

Act, regulation or orderDescription

Ministerial Order under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006

Authorises the school council to develop and implement a dress code that covers any matters which a school council considers appropriate in relation to:

  • clothing and other items worn, carried or used
  • grooming
  • physical appearance and the general presentation of students.

Section 26(1)(c) - Education and Training Regulations 2017

States that the principal of a government school may determine the consequences to be imposed on a student for not wearing the school uniform in accordance with a determination on school uniforms made by the school council and any Ministerial Order in relation to student discipline, but the principal must be satisfied that the student's failure to wear the uniform was because of the student's disobedience, that the consequences must be reasonable and that the dress code policy has been brought to the attention of the students and parents.

Section 42 - Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010

States that an educational authority may set and enforce reasonable standards of dress and appearance for students, where a standard of dress and appearance for students is considered reasonable when the views of the school community have been taken into account in setting the standard.

Related policies

Related legislation and regulations

  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006
  • Education and Training Regulations 2017
  • Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)

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