Review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools

The independent review into the non-educational use of mobile digital devices in NSW schools is complete and NSW has taken action to address its recommendations.

A new policy governing student use of digital devices and online services applies in all NSW public schools from 2020. The new policy includes the digital device restriction for primary schools announced by the NSW Government in December 2018 in response to the review. Under the new policy, secondary schools retain discretion to opt into the restriction or implement an approach that best suits their circumstances and the needs of their diverse communities.

Read the new policy and find implementation resources including guidelines, a sample digital device procedure and an electronic procedure creation form.

Student workshops, teacher professional learning, communication and other resources to support implementing the new policy can be found on the department's Digital citizenship platform.

The department maintains legal issues bulletins with important legal information for schools. In relation to digital devices and online services at schools, principals and teachers should be aware of all relevant legal issues bulletins, including bulletins 8, 35 and 56.

The NSW Government is finalising its response to the other findings arising from the review recommendations made in the review report.

Find out more about our response

A new digital technology policy was released for NSW public schools in 2020. It covers student use of smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, laptops and any other device that allows connectivity to the internet and applications.

The policy builds upon the important work in schools teaching young people to use digital technology in safe, responsible and respectful ways as we prepare students for life beyond the classroom.

Each school will work with their students and local communities to implement the new arrangements. Schools will be expected to update their existing school procedure or develop a new one during 2020 to reflect the new requirements.

The department's Digital Citizenship platform provides information and support for schools and has been updated to reflect the new policy and includes new content.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries about the policy, including requests for information in accessible formats, please email

Tell us how we did with the new digital device policy for schools.

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