Parking on school grounds

School grounds must be safe for all students, staff and visitors. Parking areas may be available for use by staff, students, contractors and visitors. They must be aware of the need to take special care when driving on school grounds.

On 22 March 2019, schools were advised by Health and Safety directorate that the maximum speed limit to be applied on all school grounds is 10km/h.

  • Review Health and Safety Directorate's advice vehicle on school grounds overview and key steps (intranet)
  • Assess the risk and complete a risk management plan (intranet): vehicles on school grounds.
  • Develop appropriate strategies to eliminate or control the risks using the hierarchy of controls.
  • Document the risk management plan with strategies and share the plan with staff, students, parents and carers, and regular contractors and visitors.
  • Review the risk management plan at regular intervals when:
    • more information is available
    • the situation changes
    • if there is an incident.
  • Contact your Work Health and Safety Consultant (intranet) for assistance completing this process.
  • Anyone parking a vehicle on school premises does so at their own risk. Principals need to make sure they are aware of this as outlined in Legal Issues Bulletin 8. (staff only)
  • A school is not obliged to provide parking on site to anyone at any time.
  • If a school has space available they may offer disabled parking spaces and parking for visitors and staff.
  • Principals may give permission for students to park in school grounds if there is adequate space available and that no one is in danger.
  • Principals wishing to allow students to park in school grounds may request vehicle users and/or owners sign a disclaimer.
  • Refer to Legal Issues Bulletin 8 (staff only).

We recommend principals don't allow parents and carers to drive onto the school site to pick up or drop off students. Reinforce this by:

  • placing signs at the school gates
  • reminders in the school newsletter, website and enrolment information
  • close school gates to prevent entry. Only open for authorised entry, such as staff or contractors
  • display signs at car park entrances about the Inclosed Lands Protection Act.

You can use traffic management devices to restrict access or change traffic movement on the site.

  • Contact the School Infrastructure NSW (intranet) for advice prior to any installation
    • To ensure the building standards and codes met and any council approval required is granted.
    • They can also advise on potential impact on planned future changes.

Further help

School Infrastructure NSW Assets Management Units (staff only)

Legal services

Work  Health and Safety Consultants (staff only)

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