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 activities involving marine organisms (e.g. dissecting marine specimens, bait gathering, fishing, preparing marine organisms for consumption) to support curriculum delivery. This activity may involve the use of a range of equipment (e.g. sharp tools, fishing tackle, heating equipment).
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,
power boating) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
Rock fishing (fishing from rocky outcrops into the sea) is not permitted.
For curriculum activities involving biological material (e.g. studying biological specimens in a laboratory), consult the
biological activities activity guideline.
For curriculum activites involving the introduction of agents or conditions that may contaminate food, consult the
food experimentation activity guideline.
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.
Activities at low risk locations (e.g. at the tideline) and/or with low risk equipment (e.g. yabby pump) and/or marine organisms that pose insignificant risk to most people (e.g. most starfish, sea cucumbers, plankton, most shells, molluscs).
Activities at medium risk locations (e.g. on a jetty) and/or with medium risk equipment (e.g. single hooks, bait nets) and/or organisms that may cause a minor injury (e.g. spiny fish, prawns, crayfish, barbless rays).
Activities at high risk locations (e.g. in or on water) and/or with high risk equipment (e.g. multiple hooks, lures) and/or organisms that may cause a serious injury (e.g. Crown-of-thorns starfish, diadema urchins, fire corals, bluebottles, mud crabs).
Activities at extreme risk locations (e.g. known crocodile habitats), night activities and/or with extreme risk equipment (e.g. drag nets) and/or organisms that may cause a major or fatal injury (e.g. cone shells, Irukandji, sea snakes, box jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus, stone or lion fish).
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.
Schools must comply with animal welfare legislation. Consult the department’s
animals in education webpage. Comply with
animals in Queensland state schools procedure when handling live animals.
All organisms that cannot be positively identified by a qualified adult supervisor are to be considered potentially hazardous.
Obtain any approvals,
permits or safety advice from the local authority (e.g. lifeguards,
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, property owners), if relevant.
Schools must prevent and manage infection control in accordance with the
infection control procedure. Utilise the
infection control guideline for practical implementation advice.
Unfamiliar activities (e.g. from online sources) must be trialled without students to identify foreseeable hazards and plan safety processes. Do not proceed if risks of the activity outweigh educational outcomes.
Include any additional information used to support student safety in the activity (e.g. resources from standard operating procedures from
Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee's forms and publications, published experiments/activities or online risk assessment tools) on the CARA record.