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Safety in Schools

The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the Act) gives powers to principals and governing bodies of non-state schools to deal with parents or visitors who disrupt the good order and management of schools or who threaten the safety of staff or students in schools.

As principals' supervisors, governing bodies of non-state schools have a general responsibility to ensure that principals act within their powers and exercise appropriate judgment in the management of non-state schools under their control.

Section 359 of the Act provides for the mandatory reporting of the number of directions and applications for review issued during the previous financial year by non-state school principals and governing bodies.

Please note however that, under section 343 of the Act, a student of the school or an employee of the school's governing body engaged to perform work at the school's premises is an exempt person and cannot be issued with directions under sections 346, 348, 349, 349A and 350.

The Safety in Schools data for the 2017-18 financial year is now being collected and must be provided to the Office of Non-State Education by 31 July 2018.

Completing and returning the data

Please note, in order to complete and save the PDF form you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. For assistance with Adobe Acrobat, please access the downloading and viewing documents page.

In order for independent schools to complete and return the form:

  1. Download the Safety in Schools Questionnaire 2017-18 Adobe PDF document 96K collection form.

  2. Complete the form and save a copy to your computer using the format: School Code School Name eg. 5555 St Marks' School. Queensland independent school codes are available on the Queensland Independent School Codes spreadsheet Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet 16K. For independent schools with multiple sites, please ensure information for all sites is included on the form for the host centre.

  3. Email the completed form as an attachment by 31 July 2018 to

If you have any queries about the Safety in Schools data collection, please contact the Office of Non-State Education on telephone (07) 3513 6746 or by email at

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