New South Wales Department of Education (DoE)

School Uniform Policy

The Department of Education School Uniform Policy and Guidelines state that a school uniform should:

  • cater for all students in the school community in a manner sensitive to gender and local cultural and social issues including cultural and religious diversity;
  • meet requirements of occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation;
  • provide girls and boys with equal access to the full range of school activities;
  • The implications of equal opportunity legislation are such that uniforms must enable both sexes to participate actively and safely in school life.

It could be argued that requiring girls to wear dresses and skirts limits their ability to access all the benefits of their education and the full range of school activities; a restriction that is not placed on male students.

The DoE school uniform policy can be found here:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/school-uniform-policy

The DoE School Uniforms in New South Wales Government Schools Guidelines can be found here:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/associated-documents/schuniforms.pdf