Advice for incidents, anti-social and extremist behaviour

Schools have legal obligations to respond to an incident or if a student, staff, parent or school community member exhibiting anti-social and extremist behaviour.


All staff are required to have knowledge and understanding of the Incident Notification & Response Policy and Procedures. This ensures staff know how to respond to an incident when it occurs, who to notify and where they can access support.

Principals should be notified by staff for all student or staff-related incidents, as well as incidents that impact the school’s operation. Principals need to check that staff have contacted the Incident Report and Support Hotline (1800 811 523) to report the incident.

In the event of an incident occurring, the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and others are the first priority.

Legal help

The Legal Bulletin 57 – Responding to anti-social and extremist behaviour provides information on:

  • what defines anti-social and extremist behaviour
  • examples of what this behaviour looks like
  • who should staff notify if someone exhibits such behaviour
  • responsibilities and other requirements.

Case Management and Specialist Support

The Case Management and Specialist Support unit has been established to work with schools to assess and strengthen systems to:

  • provide a safe and supportive working environment
  • provide a holistic approach to the management of anti-social and extremist behaviour that impacts on the school.

More information about this unit is available from the School Communities Working Together Management Guidelines for Department of Education Executive Staff.

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