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Updated VRQA Guidelines for Registered Schools on Bushfire Preparedness

school photoThe VRQA Guidelines for Registered Schools on Bushfire Preparedness were updated in August 2014. The Guidelines apply to all schools and include requirements for all schools to maintain and review an emergency management plan (EMP) for their school.

Changes to the Guidelines include, among other matters, new requirements for schools listed on the Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) to detail their school’s response to managing bushfire risk including the implementation of Code Red days in their EMP.

The BARR includes all schools, and schools that have additional campuses, school camps or other school facilities, in locations considered to be at the highest risk of bushfire. The BARR is maintained by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Independent schools listed on the BARR are required to review their school’s EMP, complete a checklist and return a statutory declaration to the VRQA by 3 October 2014.

The Guide to the Minimum Standards and Other Requirements for School Registration has been updated to reflect the updated Guidelines.

For more information see: Bushfire Guidelines.