Risk assessment enables schools to identify potential hazards, assess risks, and implement control measures to keep everyone safe.
Curriculum activities may have a risk level of:
when there is little chance of incident or injury
when there is some chance of an incident or injury requiring first aid
when there is a likely chance of a serious incident or injury requiring medical treatment
when there is a high chance of a serious incident resulting in a highly debilitating injury
Appropriate risk management reduces the risk level of activities.
Most curriculum activities are low or medium risk. Risk planning for these activities can be incorporated into teachers' planning documents. High or extreme risk activities require formal risk assessment documentation, appropriate approvals and permissions prior to students participating in the activity. For more information on risk assessment processes, please refer to the department's Managing Risks in School Curriculum Activities procedure and/or Risk Assessment information sheet 345K and/or CARA Powerpoint 1.6M.
Staff of Queensland state schools can prepare Curriculum Activity Risk Assessments (CARAs) using either the OneSchool system, or the CARA generic template in combination with the relevant CARA activity guideline. Alternatively, schools can use another approach approved by the school's principal that meets the requirements of the Managing Risks in School Curriculum Activities procedure.
To assist Queensland state schools in conducting and preparing risk assessments, CARA activity guidelines are available for a wide range of activities that may be part of a school's curriculum. These guidelines have been developed in conjunction with experienced teachers and relevant organisations (e.g. teachers' associations, sporting clubs) to reduce the risks of an activity.
Schools must maintain a School Curriculum Activity Register for all high and extreme risk activities. The OneSchool CARA application enables completed risk assessments to be automatically captured into a register in OneSchool.
A sample parent/carer consent template is available to assist schools in their planning for high and extreme risk activities.
Procedure - Managing risks in school curriculum activities
Information sheet - Managing risks in curriculum activities 345K
Flowchart - Managing risks in school curriculum activities
Powerpoint - Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) 1.6M
School curriculum activity register - for high and extreme risk activities
Parent/carer consent template - Activity Consent Form
Please send feedback or questions about the CARA guidelines to:
Postal address: PO Box 15033 CITY EAST QLD 4002
This page was last reviewed on 06 Oct 2017