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Risk Management – Schools

Step 3 — Risk analysis

Assess each risk to determine the overall level of risk (the ‘risk rating’).

This involves:

  • identifying any existing controls
  • considering the consequences (effect) if the risk eventuates, and
  • the likelihood that the risk will occur

3.1 Existing controls

Identify any existing controls and assess their effectiveness. Ask yourself 'what existing controls are in place?'

Assess the current effectiveness of these controls. Use the Control Effectiveness ChartExternal Link (PDF 59.02kb) to help you assess your current risk controls.

3.2 Consequences

Consider the consequences or impact (effect) of the risk if it was to occur.

Consequences are measured using the following terms:

  • insignificant
  • minor
  • moderate
  • major
  • severe

Use the Consequence Criteria GuideExternal Link (PDF 501kb) to assess the significance of the risk. This guide provides criteria for assessing risks in the categories of student outcomes, wellbeing and safety, operational, financial, reputation and strategic.

3.3 Likelihood

Consider how likely it is that the risk will occur.

Likelihood is described using the following terms:

  • almost certain
  • likely
  • possible
  • unlikely
  • rare

Use the Likelihood Criteria ChartExternal Link (PDF 83kb) to assess the likelihood that a risk will occur.

3.4 Overall level of risk (current assessment)

Use the Risk Rating MatrixExternal Link (PDF 56kb) to determine the overall level of risk.

Guidance chapter outlining step 3 of the risk management process for schools — assessing each risk to determine the overall level of risk (the 'risk rating')

Reviewed 26 May 2020

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