A student dress code consists of an agreed standard and items of clothing, which may or may not include a school uniform that state school students wear when:
- attending or representing their school
- traveling to and from school
- engaging in school activities out of school hours.
Student dress codes reflect school community standards and balance the rights of individual students with the best interests of the whole school community. They are consistent with health and safety considerations and anti-discrimination legislation. Student dress codes offer gender neutral uniform options for all students.
Student dress codes clearly explain and document standards of acceptable or reasonable dress in relation to:
- clothing worn by students, including headwear and footwear
- other aspects of personal presentation of students.
Student dress codes incorporate strategies to accommodate special needs and circumstances of students and strategies for managing non-complying students. A student’s non-compliance with school’s student dress code requirements is not a ground for suspension, exclusion, or cancellation of enrolment from school. However, other appropriate disciplinary consequences (such as detention) can be applied in response to a student’s non-compliance.
When applying a disciplinary consequence for non-compliance with the student dress code, a student should not be prevented from participating in essential curriculum activities except where necessary for reasons of safety (in which case, alternative educational activities are provided), nor receive a sanction that damages the student’s academic or external career prospects (such as mentions in references or school reports), or disadvantage the student where the required student dress code items are not available because of circumstances beyond the control of the student and/or the student’s parent.
Schools provide their Student Dress Code policy to parents at the time of enrolment as part of the Enrolment Agreement.