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Bushfire Guidelines

The VRQA Guidelines for Registered Schools on Bushfire Preparedness (doc - 97kb) (the guidelines) apply to all Victorian schools.

The guidelines include requirements for all schools to maintain and review an emergency management plan for their school. They specify additional requirements for schools listed on the Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) maintained by the Department of Education and Training (DET). The BARR includes all schools, and schools that have additional campuses, school camps or other school facilities, in locations considered being at the highest risk of bushfire.

The guidelines were updated in August 2014 and include changed requirements for schools listed on the BARR.

Independent Schools

The VRQA is responsible for ensuring independent schools meet the requirements of the guidelines.
 
The information sheet Changes to the VRQA Guidelines for Registered Schools on Bushfire Preparedness (doc - 377kb) provides additional information about changes to the guidelines and the actions that schools listed on the BARR must take.
 
Independent schools that are not listed on the BARR do not need to take any additional action in relation to the updated guidelines.

Government and Catholic Schools

DET and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) are responsible for ensuring the compliance of government and Catholic schools with the requirements of the guidelines.

About the Guidelines

Schools must comply with the guidelines as a component of their registration against the minimum standard relating to the care, safety and welfare of students (Schedule 2, Clause 12 Care, safety and welfare of students, Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007).
 
The guidelines reflect the collaborative work of the DET, CECV and Independent Schools Victoria to enhance bushfire readiness for schools.

Further Information