Learning and Teaching

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

The aim of this section is to assist schools, student welfare coordinators and teachers to implement ongoing improvement in drug education for their students.

This section contains drug education resources for schools and teachers to assist with drug related issues involving truancy and student retention.

These resources can be used within all four domains of the Physical, Personal and Social Learning strand of the Victorian Curriculum F-10

Please note where the former Victorian Government Schools Reference Guide is noted in documents please refer to the School Policy and Advisory Guide

Drug Education in Victorian Schools – Get Ready Years 7-9 curriculum resources

The Get Ready evidence-based drug and alcohol education program for Years 7-9 has been successfully trialled in 21 schools, involving 1750 students.

The program received the Excellence in Prevention and Community Education Award, one of nine National Drug and Alcohol Excellence awards in 2012.

Each teacher manual provides contextual advice for teachers on the use of the material with your students. It is recommended that the 10 lessons be delivered sequentially, as research supports this as the most effective delivery method. Opportunities for reinforcement of student knowledge are supported in the resource.

The materials are:

School-wide drug education resources

These resources aim to provide schools and teachers with guidelines and assistance in dealing with issues relating to drug use and substance abuse.

Preventing drug related harm


Preventing Drug-related Harm: A guide for the Student Welfare Coordinator (pdf - 633.29kb) - resource containing guidelines to assist schools and their communities to address issues relating to truancy and the associated risk of problematic substance use.


Retention and reintegration

Retention & Reintegration - Recommendations and Model of Practice for Schools (pdf - 432.24kb) - resource providing recommendations and model of practice for schools and family support materials for parents and carers whose child may be involved in drug use.


School retention - What does it take? (pdf - 911.3kb) - resource providing guidelines for schools and the broader community to help keep young people under 15 years of age stay connected to school.


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Volatile Solvents - A resource for schools (pdf - 364.52kb) - consists of health and safety guidelines for schools teaching about hazardous substances.


Engaging students

The following resources are recommended for primary and lower-secondary students.

Get Real - publication cover

Get Real - A Harm Minimisation Approach to Drug Education consists of a number of booklets that provide advice and assistance to schools. The booklets provide drug education curriculum, student welfare support and appropriate responses to manage drug-related incidents.

Get Real - page 1 to 126 (pdf - 3.94mb)
Get Real - page 125 to 245 (pdf - 4.12mb)

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Get Wise - Working on Illicits in School Education focuses on illicit drug issues.

Get Wise consists of the following components:

  • primary and secondary classroom activities
  • a guide for principals
  • an action manual for student welfare coordinators
  • a section on communicating with parents
  • an A-Z of illicit drugs for teachers.

Get Wise may be purchased from the Curriculum Corporation (at a cost of $91.95) or you may wish to download sections of the resource at no cost.

Cannabis and mental health: Teacher resource for Years 9 and 10 - This Department of Health resource supports the cannabis and mental health online campaign Is Your High Getting You Low? and provides teachers with information, activities and strategies to encourage discussion among students about cannabis and mental health.

Resilience Education and Drug Information (REDI)

The Australian Government has produced a range of school drug education resources that support implementation at a school level. These resources were distributed to all Victorian schools upon their release.

START - School Transition and Resilience Training (pdf - 1.62mb) - provides activities for students who are in transition from primary to secondary school.


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In Tune - Students Participating in Drug Education (pdf - 10.05mb) - brings students and teachers together to work towards a common solution to address drug issues in schools. The In Tune program comprises two parts.