High jump


​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 high jump 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 procedure.

For activities conducted as part of representative school sport programs, schools should consult with Queensland School Sport.

Risk level

Medium risk
High jump activities involving the head never being below the buttocks (e.g. scissor technique).
High risk
High jump activities involving the head over the bar before the leading foot (e.g. Fosbury Flop technique).

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.

Competition rules and procedures with additional or more stringent safety requirements must take precedence.


Parent consent (DOCX, 306KB) is required for all activities conducted off-site.

Parent consent (DOCX, 306KB) is required for all activities conducted off-site and strongly recommended for high risk activities conducted on-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
  • must assess weather conditions prior to undertaking the activity, inspecting the intended location in order to identify variable risks, hazards and potential dangers

During the activity, all adult supervisors:

  • must be readily identifiable
  • must closely monitor students with health support needs
  • must closely supervise the approach, take-off and landing areas. Participants must not begin their run up until the landing area is clear
  • must regularly monitor the landing pad condition and position
  • 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. poor visibility, extreme temperatures, thunderstorms, high winds, wet launch areas).

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.

At least one adult supervisor is required to be:

Medium risk level

  • a registered teacher with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching high jump or
  • an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with current level 1 community athletics coach accreditation from Athletics Australia, or equivalent

High risk level

  • a registered teacher with qualifications in Physical Education (or equivalent demonstrated capability) and competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching high risk high jump (e.g. successful completion of a high jump workshop approved by Athletics Australia) or
  • an adult supervisor, working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with current level 2 club coach accreditation from Athletics Australia.

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.

All risk levels

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.

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

Landing area padding constructed from material that allows both sufficient absorption from the fall and adequate resilience when compressed.

Minimum padding dimensions determined by activity risk level and age group:

  • Medium risk under 17 years — Padding 5m x 3m with thickness between 15cm to 30cm as required by the Little Athletics competition handbook (Section 2.5)
  • Medium risk 17 years and over — Padding 5m x 3m with thickness of at least 50cm.

If multiple pads are used, the landing area must be covered and bound together to prevent any part of the athlete’s body from catching between the pads

If spikes are worn, the landing area must be covered by a single spike-proof top mat approximately 5cm thick and should have a weatherproof covering.

Ensure spikes, if worn, are no longer than 9mm (synthetic surface) or 12mm (grass surface) per the Little Athletics competition handbook. Follow venue requirements, if available.

Collapsible or circular fibreglass crossbars only. Triangular bars or improvised equipment are not permitted.

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

Additionally for high risk level activities:

Minimum padding dimensions determined by activity risk level and age group:

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 material
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 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 saf​ety 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.

Dry equipment (including mats) before each jump if conditions cause dampness.

Facilities and equipment hazards Control measures
Faulty or dangerous equipment

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

Check equipment for damage before and during the activity.

Playing surface

Cover/fill jumping area hazards (e.g. sprinkler heads, holes) to be level with the surrounds.

Clear the approach and take-off area from loose items or debris. Do not participate on a slippery surface.

Sharp implements or objects Pad any high jump stands that pose risk of laceration.
Student considerations Control measures
Manual handling
Lifting and carrying equipment

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

Instruct students on procedures to lift and carry mats. That is:

  • use handles at the side
  • do not lift aloft to carry on backs, shoulders or heads.
Physical exertion
Exhaustion and fatigue

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

Clear the landing area, including the areas around the uprights and mats, before students start their approach.

Monitor and enforce the correct use of equipment including crossbars and landing area pads.

Implement procedures (e.g. roll marking mechanisms) to prevent separation from the group when participating off site.

Visibility Adjust setup orientation to avoid the sun affecting the line of sight of participants.


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Last updated 13 July 2022