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Departmental policies

A number of the department’s policy documents, including policies, procedures, guidelines, standards and frameworks, are accessible via this page.

If you are unable to find a particular policy document using this search, please contact the Central Policy Unit.

DECD staff searching for policy documents should use the DECD Intranet (login required)

  • Inclusive Preschool Programs (IPP) support children with disability and high support needs to optimise their learning outcomes within a localised preschool setting.

  • This guideline is designed to ensure that the quality of evidence provided to key decision-makers in the department is of a high standard.

  • This procedure is to advise staff of the insurance and claims management matters relating to incidents to children, students or visitors on departmental premises or participating in departmental activities.

  • This code of practice provides the framework for timely, efficient and effective interagency processes to provide each agency with accurate information on which to base sound assessments regarding a child and their family's circumstances.

  • Guidelines for applying for Intervac funding, including eligibility, referrals, claims and responsibilities.

  • As preschool is traditionally delivered during the core hours of 8.45am and 3.15pm, the objective of this policy is to ensure that there are effective procedures in place to meet community needs and ensure staff entitlements are maintained if sites provide a preschool program over longer hours.

  • This guideline document is designed to provide site leaders, their parent community and their respective sector offices with improved clarity about the actions to be taken and matters that require considerations at each stage of managing an allegation of sexual misconduct.

  • The merit selection policy outlines the standards used when selecting applicants for positions within the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD).

  • The merit selection procedure outlines the approved processes for merit selection across the organisation and must be read in conjunction with the merit selection policy.

  • The National School Chaplaincy Program (2015-2018) aims to support schools in promoting the wellbeing of students by providing funds that contribute to the maintenance or establishment of pastoral care services in the school.



Operational Policy and Across Government Projects unit

Phone: 8226 1000 or 1800 088 158
Email: DECDPolicy [at] sa.gov.au