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 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.
This guideline relates to student participation in residential camping, base camping and lightweight camping for one or more nights as an activity to support curriculum delivery.
Residential camping occurs at centres that have permanent facilities, such as toilets, showers, kitchen and/or dormitory accommodation. This includes showground camping (e.g. camping in open air sheds/structures or tents with access to toilet facilities).
Base camping involves sleeping in tents in a natural area for one or more nights, either at places with no facilities or at camps where some facilities are provided.
Lightweight camping is the use of a temporary site in a natural area for one or more nights and requires participants to carry camping equipment to the camping area.
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.
swimming in locations other than pools while
camping) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
Schools should consider conducting this activity at a Department of Education
Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre (OEEC) and consult with OEEC centre staff for risk assessment requirements.
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.
Accompanied residential camping.
Accompanied base camping and lightweight camping.
Base camping and lightweight camping where participants camp with indirect supervision.
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.
All risk levels
Australian adventure activity standard and camping Australian adventure activity good practice guide is required when planning this activity.
Prior consultation is required with local authority (e.g.
Department of Environment and Science [for park alerts] and
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services) for local advice, emergency support mechanisms and additional supervision requirements to ensure participant and public safety.
Permission/permits are required to be obtained from land managers (e.g.
QGPF, local councils or private landholders), if applicable.