Child Safety at AIA

Australian International Academy (AIA) is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

AIA has zero tolerance for child abuse. AIA is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved in AIA has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

The Ministerial Order No 870 is a key part of the Victorian Government's response to the recommendations of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations. The Inquiry's Betrayal of Trust report made a number of recommendations aimed at protecting children from all forms of abuse and neglect. Betrayal of Trust report recommended that the government implement minimum standards for maintaining 'child-safe environments' for all organisations with direct and regular contact with children.

The new minimum Child Safe Standards which aim to create child safe cultures and environments in organisations that work with children were released by the Government. These standards are required to be implemented and enforced in Victorian schools.  The Ministerial Order provides what the Child Safe Standards mean in a school environment, and demonstrates the Government’s “zero tolerance” for child abuse in Victorian schools.

Child abuse includes any act committed against a child involving:

  • a sexual offence
  • a grooming offence; or
  • the infliction on a child of physical violence, serious emotional or psychological harm or serious neglect.

Further information is provided in the following documents: 

Child Safe Policy

Child Safe Risk Management Policy

Child Safe Code of Conduct Policy