Police - Department Protocols

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​​Purpose of this policy

To provide a protocol concerning a crime alleged to have been committed by students at school, travelling directly to or from school, or during school–sponsored activities.

Important:  This web page is currently being reviewed.


The Department and the Victoria Police have agreed on the following protocol.

Schools must abide by the protocol in relation to crimes alleged to have been committed by students:

  • at school
  • travelling directly to or from school
  • during school-sponsored activities.

Criminal offences

The protocol between the Victoria Police and the Department covers any alleged criminal behaviour that could seriously threaten the safety, security, or wellbeing of any person or property for which the principal is responsible. Behaviours include:

  • assaults
  • assaults with weapons
  • sexual assaults
  • possession of weapons
  • use, possession or distribution of drugs
  • theft or criminal damage. 


This table describes responsibilities under the protocol.



Refer all alleged criminal offences as listed to Victoria Police. If in any doubt, obtain advice from the police contact person.

The principal is also required to notify parents/guardians unless instructed by police to the contrary.

See: Police and DHS Interviews


Police contact person, station sub-commander or sub-officer nominee are responsible for:

  • investigating and deciding whether an offence has occurred
  • initiating appropriate police action
  • providing advice to principals when requested
  • notifying principals when a student has been charged with an offence:
    - against another person who was the principal’s responsibility at the time of the offence
    - against property for which the principal is responsible
  • assisting schools to safeguard student welfare by informing the principal of:
    - any action taken
    - the result of information received
  • referring information received concerning a criminal offence requiring investigation to:
    - the district or regional crime coordinator for attention and referral
    - State crime squads, if necessary.

Related policies

Related legislation

  • Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006
  • Health Records Act 2001
  • Information Privacy Act 2000