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Induction and mandatory training

​​​​​​​​​​​​Induction helps employees to fit into their new job, work team and the department as smoothly as possible. It helps them to settle in and makes them feel welcome and valued.

Induction must be delivered to all new employees, including casuals, to help them become familiar with the workplace and ensure new employees understand compliance with legislation and policy.

For further information employees should refer to:

Mandatory training

All employees

Mandatory training is delivered to all employees including temporary and casual as directed by:

  • relevant commonwealth and state legislation
  • Code of Practice or regulation linked to legislation
  • relevant directives
  • Department of Education policies.

The purpose of mandatory training during induction is to provide the right amount of knowledge needed by employees to perform their new role with confidence.

Mandatory All-Staff Training program​

The Mandatory All-Staff Training program​ (DoE employees only) provides an overview of what is expected of all employees to protect students, work ethically, protect information and work safely, and explains how employees can access further information and support.​ It is the only program mandated to be completed by all employees not matter their role or location.​

The program has been designed to support flexible learning via Online​, Face-to-Face or self-pace​d options​​​ and includes a Key Messages Guide​ for completion by contractors, volunteers and visitors.

School-based employees​

Student protection​

Curriculum activity risk assessment (teaching staff)

School support staff, depending on their role, may not require Curriculum activity risk assessment training. Refer to ​employee induction planners for information.

Employees in workplaces where there is confirmed and/or assumed asbestos-containing material​

Asbestos awareness and management

Asbestos Awareness provides information to employees in departmental workplaces where there is confirmed and/or assumed asbestos-containing material (ACM). Asbestos management team (AMT) training​ is also provided for staff assigned as an AMT member responsible for the management of ACMs in department-owned facilities. Refer to the Asbestos management website​ for more information.​​​​

Contractors, volunteers and visitors

Everyday contractors, volunteers and visitors visit schools and sites to provide a range of services. The department is committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone. Part of this commitment includes ensuring all contractors, volunteers and visitors complete an induction the first time they visit any department site and mandatory training annually.

​Induction activities

Depending on the context, you could be involved in a range of induction activities. For example:

  • Site orientation
  • Sign in and sign out procedures
  • Blue Card check
  • Emergency procedures
  • First Aid

Mandatory All-Staff Training program Key Messages Guide

Part of the induction for contractors, volunteers and visitors​ includes the requirement to review the Key Message Guide and complete the Declaration page. The information provided in the guide covers important information regarding responsibilities contractors, volunteers and visitors will have while on departmental sites.


  • Access the Key Messages Guide (PDF, 893KB)​
  • Review the information
  • Complete the Declaration and fill in your details on the Record of Completion section which you will find on the last page of the guide
  • ​The supervisor, manager or principal of the location you are visiting will verify the completed Declaration and finalise the Record of Completion with a signature and date (and school stamp if you are visiting a school)
  • Retain the verified Record of Completion section. It will be recognised at other schools or departmental sites for 12 months

Check with the supervisor, manager or principal at the location you are visiting for guidance and the information you need to be aware of while working at their department site.

​​Further information: Key Message Guide Fact Sheet (PDF, ​​299KB)​

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Last updated
21 June 2018