​​​Guideline review date: 28 October 2021​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.

The 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).

Activity scope

This guideline relates to student participation in badminton as an activity to support curriculum delivery.

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.

Risk level​

Medium risk
Badminton activities involving regulation equipment.

Activity requirements

If any requirement cann​ot 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.


Schools must consider age, maturity and skill level of students when planning curriculum activities. Adjustments are required for students with disability to support access and participation in the curriculum. Consult with the parents/carers of students with disability, or when appropriate the student, to ensure risks related to their child’s participation in the activity are identified and managed.

Schools must consult current student medical information and/or health plans in accordance with the managing students' health support needs at school procedure. Record information about any student condition (e.g. physical or medical) that may inhibit safe engagement in the activity and include specific support measures within emergency procedures.

Emergency and first-aid

Emergency plans and injury management procedures must be established for foreseeable incidents (e.g. evacuation procedure, provision of first aid).

Adult supervisors must have:

  • emergency contact details of all participants
  • a medical alert list and a process for administering student medication
  • communication equipment suitable to conditions (e.g. mobile phone) and a process for obtaining external assistance and/or receiving emergency advice.

Safety procedures must be determined for the location (e.g. out-of-bounds areas, location of first aid support and equipment).

Access is required to first aid equipment and consumables suitable for foreseeable incidents.

An adult with current emergency qualifications is required to be quickly accessible to the activity area. Emergency qualifications include:

Induction and instruction

Induction is required for all adult supervisors on emergency procedures, safety procedures and correct techniques. If the activity is conducted at an off-site facility, induction is to be informed by advice provided in consultation with expertise at the venue.

Instruction is required for students on safety procedures and correct techniques, e.g. retrieving stray shuttlecocks.


Parent consent is required for all activities conducted off-site.


Principals make final supervision decisions for the activity. Sufficient adult supervision must be provided to manage the activity safely (including emergency situations).

For activities with students with a medical condition or disability that may impact on safety during the activity, consultation with parents is required prior to allocating supervision to determine the impact of students’ medical condition or disability on safety during the activity.

The number of adult supervisors required to fulfil emergency and supervision roles must consider the nature of the activity, students’ ages, abilities and specialised learning, access and/or health needs.

Before the activity, all adult supervisors must be familiar with the contents of the CARA record.

During the activity, all adult supervisors:

  • must be readily identifiable
  • must closely monitor students with health support needs
  • must comply with control measures from the CARA record and adapt as hazards arise
  • must suspend the activity if the conditions become unfavourable (e.g. extreme temperatures).

Supervisor qualifications

Principals make final decisions in determining supervisor capability (competence, relevance and currency) and are responsible for encouraging and enabling school-based activity supervisors to raise their qualifications to improve safety standards.

All adult supervisors must comply with the working with children authority—blue cards procedure and be able to identify, and respond to, risks or hazards that may emerge during the activity.

A registered teacher must be appointed to maintain overall responsibility for the activity.

For medium risk activities:

At least 1 adult supervisor must be:

  • a registered teacher with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching badminton; or
  • an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with current coaching accreditation with Badminton Australia or equivalent.

Facilities and equipment

The qualified adult supervisor of the activity, in consultation with the principal, determines the requirements for facilities and equipment appropriate to the local context.

Location must be suitable for the activity being undertaken, including sufficient space, adequate lighting and ventilation to ensure safe participation and that safety rules and procedures can be followed.

Participants must wear personal protective equipment appropriate to the activity (e.g. enclosed footwear).

Consider using a whistle for command signalling.

All equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 Common hazards and controls

Further to those listed, include any additional hazards and control measures considering the local context of the activity.

Environmental hazards Control measures

Biological hazards
Body fluids (e.g. blood, saliva, sweat)

Manage bodily substances (e.g. blood) and open wounds before, during and after the activity. Consult infection control guidelines and Queensland Health's exclusion periods for infectious conditions poster (PDF, 1.5MB) for hygienic practices and first aid.

Follow appropriate cleaning and hygiene management practices when using shared equipment (Departmental staff search "cleaning advice for shared equipment" in OnePortal).

Environmental conditions

The school's sun safety strategy must be followed if participating outside.

Assess weather (Bureau of Meteorology) and environmental conditions prior to participating outside.

Follow the managing excessive heat in schools guidelines when participating in very hot or extreme heat conditions.

Ensure drink breaks occur regularly. Make water available for individual participants between drink breaks.

Facilities and equipment hazards Control measures

Boundary clearance

Establish a 2-metre safety zone around the playing area. If this cannot be achieved, consider ways of reducing risks (e.g. reducing the playing area, padding obstacles).

Ensure there are no sharp or rough edges (e.g. portable signage) facing the court of play.


All chemicals in schools must be managed in accordance with the department’s chemical management procedure. All chemicals used in curriculum activities, except consumer chemicals, must be recorded in the school Chemwatch manifest. Consumer chemicals must be managed according to label instructions.

Lines are marked in accordance with the line marking of sports fields fact sheet.


If power is required, ensure electrical or extension leads do not pose a tripping hazard.

Faulty or dangerous equipment

Use markers made from non-injurious material (e.g. cardboard, foam).

Check net stands for dangerous/sharp edges and replace or repair as appropriate (e.g. using edge tape).

Follow the hazard alert for volleyball post ratchet hand winch when using winches to tension badminton nets to avoid pinch/crush injury.

Check footwear before the activity to ensure they provide sufficient protection for the feet. Look for non-slip soles and no sharp-edged soles.

Playing surface

Conduct a field check to identify and manage surface hazards. Clear the playing surface from loose items or debris. Do not participate on a surface that is slippery, unduly rough or chopped up.

Cover/fill playing surface hazards (e.g. holes) to be level with the surrounds.

Stray equipment

Do not allow shuttlecocks to remain on the court during play.

Implement safety protocols to manage stray shuttlecocks (e.g. calling a ‘let’ or waiting for a break in play to retrieve shuttlecocks from other court areas).

Do not flick shuttlecocks off the floor using a racquet.

Student considerations Control measures

Physical contact
Accidental 'bumping'

Adjust the number of students, or their relative positions with their racquets, to avoid collision a​nd accidental contact with racquets during practice.

Position left and right-handed participants to ensure they face the instructor.

Pair same-handed participants on the same side of the net to avoid accidental contact during doubles where possible.

Manual handling

Use correct manual handling processes when lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying.

Physical exertion

Conduct warm-up/cool-down activities.

Continually monitor participants for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.

Student issues

Remove accessories (e.g. jewellery, lanyards) before participating.

Ensure fingernails, hair and clothing (e.g. pockets) do not interfere with the activity.


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Last updated 23 June 2022