Transferring and Positioning

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Purpose of this policy

To ensure students who need assistance being transferred and positioned can attend school.

Prerequisite policy


Schools must develop a Student Health Support Plan for students who require assistance being transferred and positioned.

Requirement for assistance

Students may need short or long term assistance:

  • to be transferred, for example, from chair to toilet or from chair to vehicle
  • to be positioned for comfort, safety and curriculum access.

The level of assistance varies according to student’s individual needs. Students may require:

  • short-term (ie: while in plaster) or long-term support
  • supervision for safety (ie: ensuring they remain upright in chairs)
  • some assistance with transfers and positioning
  • full assistance for transfers and positioning
  • the support of two or more staff due to:
    • the student’s size and weight
    • the movement required.


Schools should:

  • request the student’s medical specialist, such as a physiotherapist, completes a Personal Care Medical Advice Form – transfer and positioning that makes clear recommendations outlining:
    • situations where assistance is required
    • the level of assistance required
    • type of transfer or positioning
    • recommended equipment to assist with transfers and positioning
    • recommended training for staff who are involved in assisting with transfers/positioning
  • develop a Health Support Planning Form see: Related policies

See: Personal Care Medical Advice Form – transfer and positioning (doc - 126kb)


Equipment to alleviate problems associated with manual handling, such as transferring and positioning students, should be:

  • regularly checked
  • maintained in good working order.
  • used by staff who are trained and competent to use it properly
  • immediately reported by staff who have concerns with the equipment safety.

Related policies