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Purpose of the policy
To ensure all Department employees and school councils notify the relevant Departmental officer where there is an allegation of reportable conduct.
The Scheme complements the Child Safe Standards and other existing child safety measures.
What is the Reportable Conduct Scheme?
The Reportable Conduct Scheme is a child safety mechanism introduced as a result of the Betrayal of Trust report. Department policy is that the Department's Employee Conduct Branch has responsibility for reporting any allegations of ‘reportable conduct’ raised against Department employees (and contractors, volunteers, allied health workers and other office holders) who are 18 years or over to the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP), on behalf of the Department.
There is an allegation of reportable conduct where a person has a reasonable belief that there has been:
- a sexual offence, sexual misconduct or physical violence committed against, with or in the presence of a child;
- behaviour causing significant emotional or psychological harm to a child; or
- significant neglect of a child, or misconduct involving any of the above.
Principals and VPS managers should notify the Employee Conduct Branch as soon as possible after becoming aware of a reportable allegation, so that the Employee Conduct Branch can assess the allegations and report them to the CCYP, if appropriate.
Principals must still contact Victoria Police if they suspect a criminal offence involving a child has occurred.
The Scheme does not change a principal’s mandatory reporting or other reporting responsibilities.
The table below indicates the appropriate reporting mechanism.
|Principal||teachers, contractors, volunteers (including parents), allied health staff, school council employees ||Employee Conduct Branch|
Teachers, contractors, volunteers, allied health staff members or school council employees
- any person (including the above)
- Principal (or acting Principal)
- Principal (or acting Principal
|VPS staff ||any person working at a school including (principal class officers, teachers, contractors, volunteers, allied health staff members or school council employees) or within the Department||Employee Conduct Branch|
School councils are not required to report allegations to the CCYP directly. Rather, school councils should instruct the principal, as the executive officer of the school council, to notify the Employee Conduct Branch as soon as possible after becoming aware of a reportable allegation, so that the Employee Conduct Branch can assess the allegations and report them to the CCYP, if appropriate.
Any person can raise a reportable conduct allegation about a school council employee, contractor, volunteer, allied health worker, officer or office holder with the principal or school council president. If the allegation is against the principal, then the school council president should inform the Regional Director of the allegation, who will notify the Employee Conduct Branch.
For further information about the Reportable Conduct Scheme, including contact details, see:
For guidelines to assist with managing complaints, unsatisfactory performance and misconduct involving employees, see: