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along similar lines. This ended in 2009, but
all programs authorised at that time are at
These authorisation and accreditation
programs provide a valuable service to
schools in Queensland and NSW but also
other states and territories as they provide
an indication that an organisation and
its staff have had working-with-children
checks, that it holds appropriate insurances
and that the incursion will be both of a high
standard and value for money.
There are a number of questions you
should consider when organising an incur-
sion or school visit, including:
1. Does the incursion require a risk
assessment to do with, say, vehicles on
school grounds, interaction with students,
safe and appropriate audience participa-
2. Is the incursion provider's public liabil-
ity insurance current and at the right level?
3. Do the incu rsion provider's personnel
all have working-with-children checks cur-
rent for your state or territory?
4. Will the personnel display photo iden-
tification while on school grounds to comply
with working-with-children checks, and will
they sign in and wear visitor's identification?
5. Does the incursion provider comply
with occupational health and safety regu-
lations, for example, ensuring all electrical
equipment is tested and tagged?
6. Does the incursion provider comply
with all intellectual property and royalty
rights to do with the use of scripts, images,
music and lyrics?
7. What is the cost, is it per child and is
there a minimum fee? Is GST paid by the
school? Can the incursion provider supply
a tax invoice? Is a deposit required? What
booking conditions, for example, cancella-
tion fees, are imposed by this provider?
8. Is the content of the incursion age-
appropriate and correctly researched?
This is essential when dealing with sensi-
tive issues such as bullying, mental health,
cybersafety, drug education and child pro-
tection. In some instances you may need
to consider having the school counsellor
or chaplain available to debrief individual
students. If unsure, you can ask for testi-
monials or even ask to see the incursion at
another school, but check that the incur-
sion provider seeks permission and complies
with privacy legislation in doing so.
9. Is your venue suitable? Will the incur-
sion provider's personnel or your students
and staff be exposed to sun or rain, or dis-
tracting noise levels from other areas?
10. Will the provider obtain permission
from the principal if wishing to photograph
or film the activity?
11. Where the incursion provider is to
run activities in a specialised skill area such
as, say, gym nastics, do the incursion pro -
vider's personnel all have the appropriate
12. Does the incursion provider offer
pre-event and post-event material and
activities linked to the curriculum? Some
will also include permission notes, free CDs
of music or songs used in a show, colour
posters, worksheets and so on.
This may seem a daunting 12-point list,
but any reputable company should be able
to adhere to these conditions and provide
you with a professional booking system,
a quality incursion activity and personnel
who are properly trained and sensitive to
your needs and those of your students.
Jenny John son is the Director of
Brainstorm Productions, Australia's
largest independent theatre-in-education
company, pe rforming to more than
400,000 students every year across most
metropolitan and regional areas. With a
reputation for artistic integrity and edu-
c ation al value, Brainstor m's repertoire of
12 original and specific ally written high
school and primary school productions
deal with such issues as cyberbullying,
aggression , resilience, safe partying, drug
education, cybersafety, mental health,
positive relationships, emotional health,
values, health and social skills.
Is the content of the
and correctly researched?
This is essential when
dealing with sensitive
issues such as bullying,
mental health, cybersafety,
drug education and child
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