Duty of Care Policy


The purpose of this policy is to explain to our school community the non-delegable duty of care obligations that all staff at Laburnum Primary School owe to our students and members of the school community who visit and use the school premises.



“Duty of care” is a legal obligation that requires schools to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of reasonably foreseeable harm, which can include personal injury (physical or psychological) or damage to property. The reasonable steps that our school may decide to take in response to a potential risk or hazard will depend on the circumstances of the risk. 


Our school has developed policies and procedures to manage common risks in the school environment, including:

  • Yard duty and Supervision
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Camps and Excursions
  • First Aid
  • Tree Maintenance
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Student Personal Property
  • Child Safe Standards
  • External Providers
  • Emergency Management
  • Volunteers
  • Visitors
  • Working with Children and Suitability Checks
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Staff at our school understand that school activities involve different levels of risk and that particular care may need to be taken to support younger students or students with additional needs.  Our school also understands that it is responsible for ensuring that the school premises are kept in good repair and will take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of members of our community suffering injury or damage because of the state of the premises.


School staff, parents, carers and students are encouraged to speak to the principal to raise any concerns about risks or hazards at our school, or our duty of care obligations.


External Providers

Staff at our school acknowledge that, as our duty of care is non-delegable, we are also required to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of reasonably foreseeable harm when external providers have been engaged to plan for or conduct an activity involving our students. Our Visitors in School Policy and Excursions and Camps Policy include information on the safety and care of our students when engaged with external providers.  


Informing Staff of the legislative liability of Duty of Care


All staff will be informed of their legal requirement via:

  • This document will be provided to each member of staff (via the Staff Manual) at the first staff meeting at the commencement of the school year, and will be placed on the intranet.
  • New staff will be informed of their Duty of Care as part of the school’s Induction Program
  • Duty of Care will be an agenda item at staff meetings and staff will be directed to familiarise themselves with the Student Safety section of the Victorian Government Schools Policy Advisory Guide.
  • Staff will complete a risk assessment, including duty of care, when completing planning for camps, excursions and incursions.
  • Staff will be directed to the student wellbeing policy annually.

Further Information and Resources:



This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:

  • Provided to staff at induction and included in staff handbook/manual
  • Discussed at staff meetings/briefings as required
  • Made available publicly on our school website
  • Made available in hard copy from school administration upon request

This policy will be reviewed annually.


This policy was last reviewed and approved by the principal in:              May 2021
 This policy was noted by School Council on:            22 June 2021


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