​​​​Legislation and policy


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 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 and Training website.

Australian Capital Territory

Education Directorate

  • Safe and Supportive Schools Policy

Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Association of Independent Schools of the ACT

New South Wales

Department of Education

  • Student Discipline in Government Schools
  • Student Welfare Policy
  • Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Policy
  • Anti-Racism Policy

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


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

  • Cyber-safety, bullying and harassment
  • Behaviour management and safety

Government​ of South Australia​

Catholic Education South Australia

Association of Independent Schools of SA


Department of Education

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

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office

Independent Schools Tasmania


Department of Education and Training

  • Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance
  • Student Engagement Policy
  • Student Behaviour

Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd

Independent Schools Victoria

Western Australia

Department of Education

  • Positive Behaviour Support framework
  • Student Behaviour in Public Schools Policy

Catholic Education Western Australia

Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (Inc)