Student Dress Code

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All state schools


This procedure outlines issues that principals need to consider in developing, documenting and implementing student dress codes in Queensland state schools.​


A student dress code consists of an agreed standard and items of clothing, which may or may not include a sch​ool 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.​



1. In developing a student dress code: 

  • consult with parents or carers of children enrolled at their school, school staff, students and the Parents and Citizens’ Association
  • consider consistency with relevant legislation, both state and Commonwealth; including offering a gender neutral uniform option for students etc
  • incorporate issues of availability, affordability and functionality of items of clothing 
  • consider maturity of students, gender, disability, religious and cultural beliefs, socio-economic circumstances and students' sense of individuality and self-esteem in personal appearance
  • develop a process for managing special circumstances of particular students
  • develop and document strategies and sanctions for managing students not complying with dress code requirements
  • enforce aspects of student dress codes related to safety such as: 

2. In resolving matters of student dress codes, consider:

  • newly enrolled families requiring sufficient time to purchase items of dress
  • economic hardship requiring special arrangements, or an extended period of time, to purchase new items of dress 
  • students with physical impairments requiring greater flexibility in interpretation of dress codes
  • any reasonable religious or cultural grounds or other reasonable ground for non-compliance with the student dress code is to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

3. Develop sanctions for non-complying students ensuring that students are not:

  • excluded, suspended, or at risk of having their enrolment cancelled for not complying with student dress codes
  • given any sanction that damages their academic or external career prospects such as negative mentions in references or school reports
  • prevented from continued participation in essential curriculum activities, except where necessary for reasons of safety (in which case, alternative educational activities are provided)
  • disadvantaged where required dress code items are not available because of circumstances beyond the control of the student and/or the student’s parent/carer.

4.   Follow appropriate processes for:

  • developing a system 
  • resolving conflict 
  • monitoring and evaluating the code 
  • arrangements with clothing suppliers


Developing a system that provides:

  • exemption processes (e.g. an exemption card) 
  • alternative arrangements for a set period of time upon receipt of written request from parent
  • opportunities to wear relevant items of dress code from a bank of items held at school.

Resolve conflict

Where there are individual cases of conflict with student dress codes, or persistent failure of a student to uphold the code, or a student is inappropriately dressed:

  • offer appropriate item/s from a bank of clothing/uniforms held at school
  • take action that prevents risk to student or others, or action that maintains normal school operations
  • inform student's parents or carers of incident and discuss further with parents or carers, representatives of school and student to prevent a recurrence
  • implement a process of conflict resolution or mediation if student persistently wears inappropriate dress after discussions have been held with parents or carers.

Where a student is reasonably dressed, but does not conform to student dress code, principals:

  • offer appropriate item/s from bank of clothing/uniforms held at school
  • inform parents or carers of incident and, if necessary, discuss further
  • use, together with representatives of school community, appropriate conflict-resolution or mediation if student persistently fails to observe student dress code.  

Monitor and evaluate the code by:

  • making available a copy of student dress code (written and/or electronically) for inspection, free of charge, by interested persons at administration office and school’s webpage
  • reviewing and evaluating student dress code periodically for any issues, appropriateness or enhancements in consultation with students, parents, staff, parent and citizens association
  • advising students, staff, parents/carers and parents and citizens association of any changes or amendments to student dress code in writing before changes are implemented.

In arrangements with clothing suppliers:

  • use appropriate Deed of Licence as outlined in the Information Sheet - Copyright School Uniform Logo when licensing a manufacturer to reproduce the school logo for the purpose of manufacturing uniforms or to restrict the retailers to whom the licensed manufacturers can supply the uniforms 
  • ensure notification and communication of any proposed change to school uniforms early in a school year preceding such a change, to all parents and if practicable, all retailers concerned so that school uniform shops and others with significant stocks of uniforms can replace or prepare for the changes.

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