These guidelines include requirements for all registered schools on bushfire preparedness that schools must comply with as a component of their registration against the minimum standard relating to the care, safety and welfare of students (Schedule 4, clause 12 Care, safety and welfare of students, Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017).
The requirements include maintaining and reviewing an Emergency Management Plan for their school, as well as specifying additional requirements for schools listed on the Bushfire At-Risk Register.
The Bushfire At-Risk Register is maintained by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and 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 VRQA is responsible for ensuring independent schools meet the requirements of the 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.