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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)

  • This policy makes sure the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) complies with its legislative obligations.

  • 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.

  • Non-DECD service providers working in preschools and schools have been developed to support site leaders in the approval and management of external providers in DECD sites.

  • The numeracy and literacy strategy will guide teachers and other school staff, early childhood workers, health workers and importantly, parents, to give children the best start possible.

  • This procedure outlines the processes for operating a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) occasional care service that all DECD workers must adhere to.

  • 'On the Same Basis' is a tool to help education staff implement the Disability Standards for Education 2005.



Operational Policy and Across Government Projects unit

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