VIC Hendry advises it is a requirement by the Victorian Registration Qualification and Authority (VRQA), established under the Education and Training Reform ACT 2006 that all Secondary Schools are to comply with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation and the provision of courses available, to be accessible to students with special needs.
/ AS 3745-2010
Industry best practice, to ensure compliance with Victorian legislation, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and Regulations 2007, to provide and maintain a safe working environment, is to follow requirements in accordance with the Australian Standard AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. Part of the VRQA’s minimum requirements for emergency management includes, all schools in Victoria to provide evidence of a Critical Incident Plan and a site specific Emergency Management Plan which, must include guidelines for bush fire management.
/ EMERGENCY PROCEDURES TRAINING
If a school is classified to be on the bush fire ‘at risk’ register, they must provide additional emergency procedures relating to their school’s specific bush fire preparedness measures. All staff are required to be trained on their specific roles and responsibilities in preparing for and implementing the bush fire procedures including, the correct use of any relevant emergency equipment. Evidence that all staff complete the training must be provided, and an up to date register of any bush fire related emergency equipment, in working order, is to be documented including equipment such as fire hydrants hose reels and extinguishers. The VRQA require any school on the bush fire ‘at risk’ register to provide evidence that procedures are tested, in the form of an emergency response exercise, at least once a term during the bush fire season (October through to March).