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School policies and guidance

Online safety guidance and supporting material to assist Australian school leaders.

Online safety policies in your school

We will shortly be releasing new guidance and a suite of resources to support schools in creating safe online environments. Subscribe to eSafety News to be notified when it is released. In the meantime, schools can download the eSafety checklist for schools and the eSafety guide to explicit images in schools.

Policies and guidelines developed by the education sector across Australia can help schools and communities raise awareness of online safety and take full advantage of the opportunities that technology can provide. Teachers should refer to their state or territory education jurisdiction for current policies. 

Online Safety Education Best Practice Framework

eSafety has developed a draft framework to guide future Australian school based online safety education initiatives and to help schools assess the quality of programs and approaches. This framework is based on research into existing best practice in online safety education, conducted in 2019 by Professor Kerryann Walsh, Queensland University of Technology, in consultation with the eSafety Commissioner.

In 2020 eSafety will undertake targeted consultations with key online safety education stakeholders to test and refine the framework.

Social media in schools

Having policies in place for social media can help everyone enjoy sharing photos and videos.

Most schools will already have a range of policies and procedures in place that govern the use of social media, photo and video sharing sites and online collaboration platforms. 

We will shortly be releasing new guidance on using social media in schools. Subscribe to eSafety News to be notified when it is released.  


Photos, videos and fundraising - Having policies in place for social media and consent can help everyone enjoy sharing photos and videos.

Sporting organisations and community groups - Find out about creating a culture of online safety in your sporting or community group.

Australian Student Wellbeing Framework

The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework supports schools to provide every student with the strongest foundation possible to reach their aspirations in learning and in life. The Wellbeing Framework is a foundational document that promotes student safety and wellbeing, and describes the elements required for schools, teachers and school leaders to support contemporary issues faced by students in Australian schools, such as mental health and cyberbullying.

The Wellbeing Framework can be found on the Student Wellbeing Hub, at www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au.