Suitable Teaching and Learning Resources

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Schools must ensure that teaching and learning resources balance the need to provide challenging and engaging learning programs for students with the use of materials that do not offend students and the wider community due to their obscene, highly offensive or overly controversial nature.

The Department’s guidelines are designed to inform decision-making processes for teachers, principals and school councils.

The ‘teaching and learning resources’ referred to in these guidelines include any spoken, written or visual text or activity used or conducted by schools, for example:

  • text books
  • novels
  • films
  • plays
  • radio programs
  • multimedia
  • digital learning resources including video, audio, text, animations and images
  • lectures
  • speeches
  • performances.


  • Offensive or obscene material means material about which there is generally a consensus view that it is unacceptable
  • Controversial material means material about which opinions often differ.

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