Boxing training


​​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 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.

Activity scope

This guideline relates to student participation in boxing training as an activity to support curriculum delivery, including skipping, shadow-boxing, foot work, hand work, bag work and mirror work.  

Note: This activity does not include any form of heavy contact boxing or martial arts.

Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than one CARA 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.

Medium risk
Non-contact boxing training activities involving specialised movement skills and sequences.
High risk
Non-competitive boxing training activities involving light contact.​

​Activity requirements

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.



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)
  • must not allow any form of heavy contact boxing or martial arts.

For high risk activities:

  • closely supervise students during participation.

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 one adult supervisor is required to be a registered teacher with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching boxing training activities, or 
  • an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with demonstrated capability in teaching boxing training activities.

For high risk activities:

  • At least one adult supervisor is required to be a registered teacher with demonstrated ability to conduct the activity. Examples of demonstrated ability include:
    • qualifications in Physical Education or equivalent demonstrated capability
    • a qualification from a recognised activity provider or
    • another method determined by the principal.
  • an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with current Level One coaching accreditation from Boxing Australia or similar.

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. footwear, hand wraps, boxing gloves/mitts, kicking shields).

Each student must provide their own towel.

Equipment hygiene must be maintained (e.g. using paper towels and antiseptic spray or antiseptic wipes).

 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. sweat, 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).

Sanitise gloves at every change between activities.

Disinfect equipment at the end of each session.

Environmental conditions
Weather, sun, humidity

The school's sun safety strategy must be followed.

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

Faulty or dangerous equipment

Check footwear to ensure they provide sufficient protection for the feet. Look for non-slip soles, no buckles or zips and no sharp-edged soles.

Remove shoes for kicking activities.

Check equipment for damage before and during the activity.

If privately owned equipment is being used, obtain Principal approval and owner consent/insurance details prior to the activity.

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. sprinkler heads, holes) to be level with the surrounds.

Consistently monitor surface hazards for water, moisture and bodily fluids (sweat, blood) which make the surface slippery.

Student considerations Control measures

Manual handling
Lifting and carrying equipment

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

Physical exertion
Exhaustion and fatigue

Consider student body type, abe and ability when determining training  programs.

Conduct warm​-up/cool-down activities.

Continually monitor participants for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.

Student issues

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

Ensure fingernails, hair and clothing (e.g. pockets) do not pose a hazard Teach techniques that are suited to the student’s body type, age and ability.

Allocate student groups according to ability, age, size and maturity.

Adopt a training program that is based on a hierarchical training system that slowly increases the difficulty of techniques as the student progresses.

Ensure students only execute moves taught in class or discussed with the supervisor.

Emphasise good posture in performance of all techniques.


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Last updated 18 April 2023