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This policy is current as at 23/11/2019 12:29am, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Student Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD)

Requirements for schools that allow students to use personal mobile electronic devices at school, with the capability of connecting to the department’s wi-fi network.

The department’s policies, resources and guidance materials, relating to the use of mobile digital devices including smartphones in schools, will be reviewed in light of the findings and recommendations made in a recent independent review. We note the NSW Government’s decision of 13 December 2018 to restrict the use of mobile digital devices in NSW public primary schools. This restriction will take place during 2019 (not from 1 January 2019) and departmental policies and guidance material will be updated prior to any implementation of this restriction.  Policies, resources and guidance material for secondary schools will also be updated and developed as necessary. Current policies remain in force.

1. Objectives - Policy statement


Schools, in consultation with their communities, can allow students to bring their own personal mobile electronic devices to school for the purpose of learning.


School-developed guidelines and procedures for BYOD must be communicated to staff, students, parents and caregivers.


The use of personal mobile devices at school will deepen learning, will be personalised and student-centred, and will meet the expectations of teachers, students, parents and caregivers.

2. Audience and applicability


Schools, parents, caregivers and students.

3. Context


The increasing availability of personal mobile devices has accelerated the demand for new models of learning.


Schools are in a position to harness students’ connection to their own personal mobile devices for the purpose of developing 21st century learning skills and for fostering digital literacy, fluency and citizenship in a safe environment.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1 The department


The department is responsible for the surveillance and monitoring of its computer systems to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity and availability of services.

4.2 The principal


The principal is responsible for developing and implementing the school’s BYOD policy.

4.3 The student


The student is responsible for abiding by the school’s policy and the department’s Online Communication-Acceptable Usage for School Students.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements


The Information and Technology Directorate will update this policy as required.

6. Contact

Email: schools.byod@det.nsw.edu.au

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