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School operations

Excursions

including camps and adventure activities

Liability information

Duty of care

School staff owe students a duty of care to take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of reasonably foreseeable harm. Planning of and conduct during an excursion may be scrutinised later on if there is a legal claim resulting from an injury or damage to property. The information in these mandatory excursion guidelines has been developed to support staff to take reasonable and appropriate steps to prevent and reduce risks to students, in accordance with their duty of care obligations.

For more general information on duty of care in schools, see Duty of Care.

Waivers of liability

Schools cannot sign 'waivers of liability' on behalf of students. Regardless of the role of the external provider, schools retain overall responsibility for the program and any activities involving students.

Chapter in the Excursion Guidelines explaining duty of care and outlining requirements relating to waivers of liability

Reviewed 25 November 2020

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