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 document relates to student participation in orienteering, including skills development, training and competitions, an activity to support curriculum delivery.
Orienteering is an activity in which participants navigate their way through an area using a map and compass. The aim is to find a series of control markers at natural and man-made features located on the map.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than 1 CARA guideline (e.g. orienteering while
cycling: mountain bike, off road) 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.
Orienteering in modified, semi-natural or managed terrain with clearly defined containment features (e.g. parkland).
Orienteering in natural, generally unmodified terrain with little, poorly-defined or no containment features (e.g. bushland).
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.
Australian Adventure Activity Standard,
Bushwalking Australian adventure activity good practice guide (PDF, 486KB) is required when planning this activity.
Prior consultation is required with local authority (e.g.
Department of Environment and Science [for track closures] and
Rural Fire Service) 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.
Department of Environment and Science, local councils or private landholders), if applicable.