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 (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).
This guideline relates to student participation in media arts as an activity to support curriculum delivery. Media arts involves creating representations of the world and telling stories through communications technologies such as television, film, video, newspapers, radio, video games, the internet and mobile media and involves using cameras (still and video), digital and mobile technologies (including games), editing equipment, lighting and sound equipment (amplifiers, speakers and microphones), computers; creating and using props, animation materials and special effects to make media products. It includes using, downloading, mashing, manipulating and posting material sourced from a variety of contexts including online copyright-free sources.
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.
Visual Arts, Dance, drama) 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.
Media arts activities involving camera usage
Media arts activities involving the use of media beyond camera usage
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.
Students are required to follow the
obtaining and managing student and individual consent procedure.
Students are required to be instructed in the safe, legal and ethical use of digital resources, technologies and online environments. Refer to
eSafety Commission and
Acceptable Use Guidelines and the use of open source material including creative commons procedures.
Compliance with the department’s
Guide to managing electrical equipment in departmental schools and workplaces is required for safety switches if using extension or power cords.