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Recently updated PAL topics

The Department’s Policy and Advisory Library (PAL) launched on 15 June 2020. This table outlines all substantive changes made to PAL topics since launch.

2021

Date of update Topic Change
13 May 2021

Tutor Learning Initiative 2021

This topic was updated to allow schools to employ speech therapists or occupational therapists as tutors for students to enable learning support for identified students. Additional guidance on tutor notebook provision, funding, and student reporting is provided, and new TLI hub professional learning resources are also available.
12 May 2021 Performance and Development for Principal, Teacher and Education Support Class topics The 3 PAL performance and development topics — Principal ClassTeacher Class and Education Support Class Employees guidelines for the 2021 Statement of Expectation as an alternative to the standard Performance and Development (PDP) plan have been updated with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist schools to implement the process effectively.
27 April 2021 Transition — Early Childhood to School The guidance chapter Transition statements — information for schools has been updated to provide advice on sharing information under the new Information Sharing Schemes to promote a child’s wellbeing or safety or to manage family violence risk.
22 April 2021 International Student Program (ISP) This topic has been updated to incorporate advice on the higher financial risk for schools that international students represent. This includes the key factors that heighten risk and what schools must do to prevent the misuse of international students’ money and protect schools from reputational damage.
19 April 2021 Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes This topic has been updated with more detailed policy, guidance and resources for Victorian government schools on implementing the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme. Consequential updates have also been made to other PAL topics, where required, to include information on using the schemes including to: Privacy and Information Sharing, Requests for Information About Students, Family Violence Support, Suicide Prevention and Response, Complaints — Parents, Health Care Needs, Attendance, and Enrolment.
16 April 2021 Sexuality and Consent Education This topic was updated to incorporate the mandatory teaching of consent in all Victorian government schools. This update includes links to resources to support schools to teach students about consent in an age-appropriate way.
16 April 2021

Outside School Hours Care — Decision Making Regarding the Provision of OSHC

The guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the Education and Care Services Regulations. The advice regarding schools’ responsibilities where third party providers are engaged to operate an OSHC service has been clarified. Information has also been included regarding the Department’s OSHC Establishment Grants initiative.

6 April 2021 Travel This topic has been updated to incorporate a COVID-19 policy on travel for school-based staff. All international travel is to be deferred and interstate travel is limited to essential trips only, where staff travel as part of their job.
1 April 2021

Bridging the Digital Divide — Loaned School Owned Computers Support Initiative

This topic has been updated to clarify computer eligibility, including computers in programs where students had access both at school and at home.
30 March 2021 Enrolment Guidelines: Placement Policy The Department’s Placement Policy (which is part of the Enrolment Guidelines) has been updated to provide guidance and clarity on regional director enrolment restrictions and the sibling exemption process, student entry tests and interviews, and enrolment management plans.
30 March 2021

Transition — Year 6 to 7

The Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Information Pack 2021-22: Guidance for all Government School is now available on this topic.
29 March 2021 Rainwater Tanks This is a new PAL topic that outlines the responsibilities of schools that rely on rainwater tanks for drinking water. This topic will be updated in the coming weeks with detailed guidance about developing a school water supply management plan.
23 March 2021

Student Sexual Offending and Problem Sexual Behaviour

A new fact sheet is available on the Resources tab of this topic with guidance on school obligations to respond to a disclosure of student sexual offending, how schools can communicate with their school community about issues of consent, sexual assault and gender inequality, and who schools should contact for support.
19 March 2021

Intellectual Property and Copyright

This topic was updated with a new template permission letter for schools to use when they need to seek permission to use copyright of an external third party copyright owner.
16 March 2021 School-funded Capital Projects This topic has been updated to outline the new online approval process for school-funded capital projects and to update and simplify the guidance content for schools.
16 March 2021

Transition — Year 6 to 7

This topic was updated to remove the link to the outdated Year 6 – 7 Transition Information Pack (for the 2020-2021 Year 6 to 7 transition process) and to inform schools that the 2021-2022 Year 6-7 Transition Information Pack will be available on this topic by the end of Term 1 2021.
16 March 2021

Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes

This is a new topic outlining how Victorian government schools request and share information under the new Child Information Sharing Scheme and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme. This topic will be updated in the coming weeks with further, more detailed policy and guidance prior to the schemes coming into effect on 19 April 2021.
26 February 2021 Exemption from school attendance and enrolment A new Exemption from School Application form has replaced the existing Transition from School form, for completion when any student of compulsory school age who has not completed Year 12 is seeking to leave school early.
26 February 2021

International Student Program (ISP)

The International Education Division has developed an International Student Program (ISP) Unscored VCE Policy and Form to provide guidance to school in relation to ESOS international students enrolled in the Department’s ISP who wish to undertake an unscored VCE.  ESOS international students are those students who are the primary visa holder of a 500 Student Schools Visa or a 571 School Sector Visa.
24 February 2021 Tutor Learning Initiative 2021 This topic was updated to incorporate the requirements for recording students receiving targeted teaching through the Tutor Learning Initiative on CASES21 and a revised Implementation Checklist for Term 1, 2021. Links to additional implementation support including optional professional learning webinars and the TLI hub are now available on the Resource tab.
22 February 2021 Sponsorship This topic was updated to include the restrictions on School Banking Programs in Victorian government schools.
22 February 2021 Financial Literacy This is a new PAL topic on the requirement for all Victorian Government Schools to deliver financial literacy education as part of their curriculum programs. It also outlines the prohibition on school banking programs from an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI), for example, banks, credit unions and building societies  including use of learning and teaching resources created by an ADI to provide financial literacy education to students.
19 February 2021

Bridging the Digital Divide — Loaned School Owned Computers Support Initiative

This is a new PAL topic outlining the arrangements in place for eligible schools to obtain a financial contribution towards the costs associated with students permanently retaining school computers loaned to them during the remote and flexible learning period of 2020.
16 February 2021 Performance and Development for Principal, Teacher and Education Support Class topics

The 3 PAL performance and development topics — Principal Class, Teacher Class and Education Support Class Employees have been updated to include information on the 2021 Statement of Expectation, the alternative to the standard Performance and Development Plan process.

3 February 2021

Student Enrolment Census

The Guidance section of this topic was updated to incorporate supplementary advice issued in 2020 about COVID-19.
2 February 2021

Equal Opportunity and Human Rights — Students

The Equal Opportunity – Students page has been added to PAL to provide schools with a high level overview of obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act, Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and other anti-discrimination legislation. Related resources for schools are available in the Resources Tab of this PAL topic.
2 February 2021

Tutor Learning Initiative 2021

This topic was updated to incorporate new guidance on assessing student learning as part of the Tutor Learning Initiative. A Term 1, 2021 Implementation Checklist for school leaders has been added as an additional resource on the Resource tab.
1 February 2021 Vocational and Applied Learning Coordination and Delivery Support for Schools This policy outlines new funding support for eligible schools to help with the coordination and delivery of vocational and applied learning programs, and describes what the funding can be used for, along with some examples.
27 January 2021 Smoking and Vaping Ban This policy has been updated to clarify the law and policy around use of e-cigarettes on schools grounds. Under the Tobacco Act 1987 (Vic), a person must not smoke or use e-cigarettes on school premises or within 4 metres of any pedestrian access point to school premises.
22 January 2021 School Council — Composition and Office Bearers This topic was updated to incorporate information on the new Ministerial Order 1280: Ministerial Order (Constitution of Government School Councils) 2020.
22 January 2021 School Council — Meetings This topic was updated to incorporate information on the new Ministerial Order 1280: Ministerial Order (Constitution of Government School Councils) 2020.
22 January 2021 School Council — Elections This topic was updated to incorporate information on the new Ministerial Order 1280: Ministerial Order (Constitution of Government School Councils) 2020.
22 January 2021 School Council — Establishing a new school council This topic was updated to incorporate information on the new Ministerial Order 1280: Ministerial Order (Constitution of Government School Councils) 2020.
19 January 2021

Outside School Hours Care — Decision Making Regarding the Provision of OSHC

The guidance has been updated to include information on the newly launched OSHC Establishment Grants which provides funding for Victorian government schools delivering primary aged education without an existing OSHC service.
14 January 2021

Inclusive Workplaces

The new Inclusive Workplaces Guide assists everyone in Department workplaces to support employees with diverse and intersecting identities with chapters on Aboriginal inclusion, cultural diversity, disability, gender equality, generational diversity and LGBTIQ.
14 January 2021 Casual Relief Teachers (CRTs) The Policy and Guidelines includes information for Principal and School Council obligations as a Public Sector Employer to manage and avoid Conflict of Interest in employment.
14 January 2021 School Council Employment The Policy and Guidelines includes information for Principal and School Council obligations as a Public Sector Employer to manage and avoid Conflict of Interest in employment.
11 January 2021

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps Sports and Education Fund had a temporary policy change in 2020 to help with at home learning. The policy now has gone back to its original state before these changes were made.
8 January 2021

Planned Maintenance Program

A standalone Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) policy has been developed. The PMP is now separate from the Building and Grounds Maintenance Policy. The new and updated policy includes more detailed policy information and guidance for schools in different PMP funding categories. A key change is that a declaration form has been introduced for schools in the up to $50,000 category. Schools in this category no longer need to seek quotes and submit a budget template in order to receive their funding allocation.

In the process of transitioning all Department policy over to the new PAL we have also made a number of overarching changes and updates to Department policy, including:

  • providing a consistent policy structure, with a summary for quick reference, and full policy details sitting underneath
  • providing contact details for all topics, for school queries or feedback
  • updating language to remove ambiguities
  • clarifying the role of school council, where applicable, such as whether or not school council are the decision-making or consulting body for a particular issue
  • providing new and updated resources to support schools to implement Department policy and guidance, such as template forms

In transitioning all policy over to PAL we have re-set the date that the policy was last updated to reflect the date of PAL launch. This does not mean that all policies have been significantly changed in terms of school requirements. For significant changes, refer to the table above.

Any questions or feedback relating to these updates can be directed to the relevant contact listed on the policy or the Operational Policy, School Engagement and Compliance Division:
Email: pal.support@education.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 7022 1888

We will continue to update and improve PAL content to ensure schools are able to access information that is clear and accurate and we welcome feedback from schools to support this process.

Reviewed 13 May 2021