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Reporting and Managing School Incidents (including emergencies)

Roles and responsibilities

The principal is responsible for the initial incident severity rating and reporting, with support from the Incident Support and Operations Centre (ISOC). This responsibility can be delegated to other school staff at the principal’s discretion. It is recommended that the list of delegates include at least one school staff member outside the school’s leadership team.

Where an incident is rated as either Extreme (Red) or High (Orange), the regional office Area Executive Director and/or the Director, Security and Emergency Management Division (SEMD) will also have governance and oversight of incident management, particularly in relation to reviewing the categorisation of the incident and coordinating supports. The nature of this responsibility will vary depending on the severity of incident and the level of support required by the principal.

Incident ratings roles and responsibilities

Low (Blue) - Principal manages and governs incident. Medium (Yellow) - Principal manages and governs incident. Region and Central have visibility of incident. High (Orange) - Principal manages incident. Area Executive Director governs incident and coordinates supports. Central has visibility of incident. Extreme (Red) - Principal manages incident. Area Executive Director supports. Director, SEMD (or rostered DET Central Incident Commander) governs incident.
Incident ratings roles and responsibilities
  • Low (Blue) — Principal manages and governs incident.
  • Medium (Yellow) — Principal manages and governs incident. Region and Central have visibility of incident.
  • High (Orange) — Principal manages incident. Area Executive Director governs incident and coordinates supports. Central has visibility of incident.
  • Extreme (Red) — Principal manages incident. Area Executive Director supports. Director, SEMD (or rostered DET Central Incident Commander) governs incident.
Download Incident ratings roles and responsibilities
Chapter in the Guidelines and Procedures for Reporting and Managing School Incidents outlining the various roles and responsibilities for responding to an incident

Reviewed 26 May 2020

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