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Student Dress Code

 Uniform Supply Arrangements

Considerations

When deciding on a uniform supplier, school councils should consider:

  • costs
  • quality of items
  • quality control of the supplier
  • reliability, continuity and lead time of supply
  • ability of manufacturers/suppliers to meet required delivery deadlines
  • selecting Australian made items or using local businesses
  • selecting manufacturers/suppliers that can provide evidence that they meet ethical manufacturing standards (see: FairWear)
  • sustainable production of items
  • how and where parents or carers can purchase items
  • cleaning requirements and costs
  • returns policy for faulty stock
  • re-use or recycling of items

Standard Agreements

Schools must formalise arrangements with their chosen supplier by using one of the Department's approved agreement templates. It is important to have a written agreement as this enables the school council to enforce the terms of its agreement and ensures that both parties are clear about their rights and obligations.

The Department has three agreement templates relating to school uniforms. These are:

Guidance chapter on choosing a uniform supplier and the requirement to use the Department's approved agreement templates when entering into arrangements with a uniform supplier

Reviewed 24 November 2020

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