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This policy is current as at 24/01/2020 10:52pm, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Student Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD)

Requirements for schools that allow students to use personal mobile electronic devices at school, with the capability of connecting to the department’s wi-fi network.

The department’s policies, resources and guidance materials, relating to the use of digital devices and online services in schools, have been reviewed in light of the findings and recommendations made by an independent review in 2018. This policy will be rescinded and replaced by a new policy on 27 January 2020. The new policy, Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services, is available now for schools to access and implement.

1. Objectives - Policy statement


Schools, in consultation with their communities, can allow students to bring their own personal mobile electronic devices to school for the purpose of learning.


School-developed guidelines and procedures for BYOD must be communicated to staff, students, parents and caregivers.


The use of personal mobile devices at school will deepen learning, will be personalised and student-centred, and will meet the expectations of teachers, students, parents and caregivers.

2. Audience and applicability


Schools, parents, caregivers and students.

3. Context


The increasing availability of personal mobile devices has accelerated the demand for new models of learning.


Schools are in a position to harness students’ connection to their own personal mobile devices for the purpose of developing 21st century learning skills and for fostering digital literacy, fluency and citizenship in a safe environment.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1 The department


The department is responsible for the surveillance and monitoring of its computer systems to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity and availability of services.

4.2 The principal


The principal is responsible for developing and implementing the school’s BYOD policy.

4.3 The student


The student is responsible for abiding by the school’s policy and the department’s Online Communication-Acceptable Usage for School Students.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements


The Information and Technology Directorate will update this policy as required.

6. Contact

Email: schools.byod@det.nsw.edu.au

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