Guidelines for community use of school facilities

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 Victorian Government is committed to promoting schools and children's centres as community hubs.

The Commonwealth Government's Building the Education Revolution (BER) Guidelines outline that facilities funded as part of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) program must be made available for community use at no or low cost.

To assist schools to share their facilities, Guidelines for Assessing Requests for Community use of School Facilities (the Guidelines) and the Community Use Fact Sheets have been developed.

The Guidelines aim to assist school councils to responsibly make their facilities available to the community by:

  • outlining the changes to the requirements of public liability insurance
  • providing a checklist for assessing requests for community use of school facilities
  • including a frequently asked questions section

The Community Use Fact Sheets provide advice to help school councils and their local communities take advantage of the benefits of shared facilities.

As per the Guidelines, the requirement for not-for-profit community groups to hold $10 million public liability insurance cover has been removed. The Guidelines stipulate that some activities conducted by community groups may be deemed high risk and would therefore not be exempt from purchasing $10 million public liability insurance.

For more information see:

Community Use Fact Sheets

The Department of Planning and Community Development (in partnership with the Growth Areas Authority) has produced two guides to support the growth of integrated community infrastructure across Victoria. These guides can be accessed through the Department of Planning and Community Development