Guideline review date: 28 October 2021
This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the
managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.
CARA planner (DOCX, 600KB) must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations.
For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the
CARA generic template (DOCX, 488KB).
This guideline relates to student participation in agricultural construction as an activity to support curriculum delivery. Agricultural construction includes using plant and equipment to manipulate materials for construction for all types of foundations (e.g. concreting), flooring and construction performed in agricultural field sections, such as stockyards, work benches and fencing, and more complex construction (e.g. animal shelters).
Note: This activity does
not include the use of auger-type post hole diggers.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than one CARA guideline (e.g.
practical workshop activities guideline and
agricultural activities (hand operated machinery) guideline) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.
For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the
school excursions procedure.
The risk level of the activity is determined by the highest risk level of the plant/equipment/materials planned for use in the activity, in conjunction with risks associated with the school context (e.g. location, student participants).
plant, equipment and materials in curriculum activities template may be completed, referenced and attached to this CARA record prior to conducting the curriculum activity. Consult the
Plant and Equipment Risk Assessments (PERA) and
Safe Operating Procedures (SOP) to assist in determining the risk level.
Surveying; landscaping using small, simple-operation hand tools (e.g. hand fork or hand trowel).
Landscaping using hand tools (e.g. spades, rakes).
Landscaping with hand tools with sharp cutting edges or points (e.g. mattocks, digging forks, hoes, secateurs, pruning saws); concreting; welding; construction of fencing using plain, electrified wire, wooden posts, plastic posts, barbed wire and/or steel posts; construction of floors, stockyards, animal shelters, shade-houses, garden sheds.
If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.
If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the
hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.
Reference to the
children and young workers Code of Practice 2006 (PDF, 436KB), the WorkSafe
serious about farm safety guide and the
hazardous manual tasks Code of practice 2011 (PDF, 1.5MB) is required when planning this activity.
guide to managing electrical equipment in departmental schools and workplaces and the standard operating procedures (SOP) for
equipment and machinery resources must be followed.
The risks associated with
working at heights,
noise must be assessed and managed.
Local government building and planning requirements must be complied with.
Permission/permits are required to be obtained from land managers (e.g. local councils or private landholders), if applicable.
Parents/carers must be informed about the necessity of relevant vaccinations (e.g.