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 shooting sports as 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.
Shooting activities involving discharging firearms.
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.
All risk levels
All shooting activities must be carried out on shooting ranges or galleries with current
Shooting Range Approval from the Queensland Police Service.
The use of crossbows is not permitted.
No personal firearms are permitted. All participants are to use firearms supplied at an approved shooting range provided they comply with all regulations including, producing photographic identification and a valid firearms licence (if applicable) for inspection by a Range Officer. Participants must also complete and sign all required forms for the shooting activity(ies) taking place and have them authorised by the Range Officer.
Prior consultation is required with local authority (e.g. Range officer at the shooting range) for local advice, emergency support mechanisms and additional supervision requirements to ensure participant and public safety.
The Range Officer must:
- brief all adult supervisors on specific hazards, safety instructions, range rules and procedures
- nominate the number of shooters on the firing line at any one time
- inspect firearms prior to use, to check that they are suitable for the activity and are in a safe operating condition
- inspect firearms and declare them safe before moving to retrieve targets (e.g. bolts should be opened or magazines removed and breeches inspected)
- undertake a reconciliation of ammunition at the end of the shoot.