​​​​Legislation and policy

Legislation

Commonwealth legislation relevant to bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence include:

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) Act 1986
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Racial Hatred Act 1995
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

The Attorney-General's Department provides information and access to various Commonwealth, State and Territory Acts relating to human rights and anti-discrimination.

Policies

Policies are frequently amended and updated. A small number of relevant policy links are listed below by jurisdiction. For more detailed and current information regarding any policy, it is recommended you refer to your local education authority website.

The Catholic Education Commission in each state or territory has relevant information. Independent schools are autonomous and governed by their own school boards. For policies regarding in independent school please contact the school directly.

Federal Government

Relevant Federal policies can be located on the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

​Australian Capital Territory

Education Directorate

Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Association of Independent Schools of the ACT

New South Wales

Department of Education

Catholic Education Commission NSW

Association of Independent Schools of NSW

Northern Territory

Department of Education

  • Health and wellbeing of students
  • Bullying, cyberbullying and cybersafety
  • Behaviour management for students and parents

Northern Territory Catholic Education Office

Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory

​Queensland

Department of Education

  • Safe, supportive and disciplined school environment procedure
  • Code of school behaviour
  • Responsible behaviour plan for students
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)
  • Inclusive education policy
  • Supporting students' mental health and wellbeing policy

Queensland Catholic Education Commission

Independent Schools Queensland  

South Australia​

Department for Education

Government​ of South Australia​

Catholic Education South Australia

Association of Independent Schools of SA

 

 

​Tasmania

Department of Education

Respectful relationships - Bullying Stops Here

  • Learning Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy
  • Student Behaviour Procedure
  • Respectful Schools and Workplaces Framework

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Independent Schools Tasmania  

​Victoria

Department of Education and Training

Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd

Independent Schools Victoria  

 

​Western Australia

Department of Education

Catholic Education Western Australia

Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (Inc)