Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors

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 Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors are mandatory to follow for all excursions requiring school council approval, i.e. overnight excursions; camps; interstate and overseas visits; excursions requiring sea or air travel; excursions involving weekends or vacations; and adventure activities. 

How to Use These Guidelines

​​When using this site to plan an excursion it is important that you are familiar with the planning and approval process and document all steps taken. Review the planning summary to gain an overview of the four main issues to consider before undertaking detailed planning; and use the planning questions to begin the detailed planning of your program, see: Planning - Framework

Adventure activities

Where adventure activities form part of the program, also read the relevant activity guidelines included on the site. If the activity does not have guidelines, apply the recommendations for activities without guidelines.

Important: Ensure that activity instructors read and comply with the relevant activity guidelines.

See: Activities

Understanding the responsibilities of your role

Select your role in the planning process; then read and complete the checklist relevant to your role as you plan the activity. See: Roles and Responsibilities  

Considering the risks associated with an activity

Read the step-by-step guide to risk assessment. See: Risk Management

Document your risk management plan and submit it with the request for school council approval. Templates can be downloaded from the site or you can choose to use your own format. 

Having your excursion approved

A completed approval proforma must be submitted for all programs requiring school council approval. This must be approved by the school council prior to the excursion commencing. See: Planning - Framework - Approva​l Process

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