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CARA guidelines

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​​​​​​​​​Schools must consider the latest COVID-19 advice prior to undertaking any curriculum activity. State schools should search 'COVID-19 Information for school operations' to find the latest advice on OnePortal.

The managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure provides the process for risk assessment and management of activities planned to deliver the curriculum in Prep to Year 12.

The CARA guidelines demonstrate the minimum safety standard expected for common curriculum activities. Schools are required to:

  • use the CARA guideline (if it exists) to conduct and prepare a risk assessment for that curriculum activity. If any requirement cannot be met, alternative control measures must be put in place to meet or exceed the standard provided in the CARA guideline​
  • determine additional risks, hazards and control measures relevant to the activity and the specific school/group circumstances in order to lift the safety standard above the minimum.

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Templates/resources

If a CARA record is required and a CARA guideline does not exist, the CARA generic template (DOCX, 365KB) must be used to complete the CARA record.

The following templates may be used as attachments to CARA records to support schools in documenting all hazards, risks and control measures.

Additional information

Anaphylaxis guidelines for Queensland state schools (DOCX, 2.6MB)

Equipment and machinery resources

First aid – managing head injuries

First aid resources

Guide to managing electrical equipment in departmental schools and workplaces

Hazardous manual tasks factsheet

Health support needs

Infection control guideline

Sun safety strategies

Notice board

Flying model aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft (drones) CARA guidelines are temporarily removed pending policy release.

Contact us

For further support, email CARA@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 12 January 2022