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Sport safety guidelines

Requirements for all sport and physical activity

The Sport safety guidelines are in place to assist schools in developing appropriate risk assessments for sport and physical activity.

Mandatory reading - It is a requirement that the information contained in the Requirement for all sport and physical activity (PDF 466KB) be addressed when considering the sport and physical activities being offered in school programs. This document also contains the list of banned activities.

This document provides information on:

  • duty of care, child protection, supervision, staff to student ratios
  • banned activities, risk management, safe use of equipment
  • coaching competencies, external providers
  • infection control, injury management, and further health considerations, medical insurance
  • weather and playing conditions.

The Sport safety guidelines contain specific information across a wide range of sport and physical activities. Schools wishing to offer activities NOT addressed in the Sport safety guidelines (and not a banned activity - list can be found in the Requirements for all sport and physical activity document) will need to use the Principal Endorsed Activity (STAFF ONLY) risk assessment tool that is managed by the Department of Education, Health and Safety Unit.

In addition to the Requirements for all sport and physical activity (PDF 417KB) safety conditions must be complied with for specific sports, including school sport, school excursions, physical education lessons or any other school sponsored occasion.

The safe conditions must not be varied unless experts in the particular sport or activity advise accordingly.

If no sport specific conditions exist, teachers must obtain approval from the principal and comply with the Principal Endorsed Activity Procedures (STAFF ONLY) on the department's Health and Safety website.

Select the sport names below to view the safety guidelines specific to that sport or physical activity.

Abseiling Handball                                                               Snow sports  
Archery Hockey Snorkelling
Athletics Ice skating    Softball including T-Ball
Australian football Indoor cricket Sport aerobics
Badminton Indoor soccer/futsal Sport climbing (indoor rock climbing)
Baseball Lawn bowls Squash               
Basketball Martial arts   Surfing, bodyboarding, wave ski riding and stand up paddle boarding 
Bushwalking Netball    Surf lifesaving
Canoeing (includes Kayaking) - competitive           Orienteering   Swimming and water safety
Canoeing (includes Kayaking) - recreational    Outdoor recreation                                                           Tennis
Cricket Roller and inline skating Touch football
Cross country Ropes courses Trampoline sports
Cycling - off road, road and track Rowing Triathlon
Diving     Rugby Vigoro  
Fencing Rugby league Volleyball  
Football Sailboarding Water polo
Fun runs/walkathons    Sailing Weight lifting and weight training
Golf Scuba diving  
Gymnastics Skateboard riding