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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
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 Support and Engagement Branch:
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 20 January 2021