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 music as an activity to support curriculum delivery.
Music includes singing, playing instruments, reading and writing music, listening and moving to music, composing, conducting and performing in ensembles.
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.
dance, drama, media arts) 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.
Teaching of music, practice and participation in competitions in classrooms/controlled environments.
Teaching of music, practice and participation in competitions in locations that increase exposure to excessive levels of noise or the level of risk (e.g. performances on a stage, platform, rostrum).
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.
Advice must be provided to parents, participants and students if a fog machine is used for performances. Exposure to these chemicals may have adverse reactions (e.g. asthma sufferers). The
supporting students with asthma and/or at risk of anaphylaxis at school procedure must be consulted.
Compliance with the department’s
guide to managing electrical equipment in departmental schools and workplaces is required when using electrical equipment.
infection control guideline must be complied with to manage shared musical instruments safely and hygienically.
Hearing protection for instrumental music teachers and instructors must be consulted.
instrumental music program policy must be adhered to.