As of term two next year the use of mobile phones by students will be banned in all state government schools.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced the ban, which will apply to all students from primary school until year 12, on Wednesday afternoon.
"While electronic devices have a place in learning, we also need to acknowledge the issues that can occur when their use is not regulated, such as cyberbullying and serious distraction," Mr Rockliff said.
Students will be required to have their phones off and put away for the duration of the whole school day, including breaks.
Currently, individual schools set their own policies in relation to the use of mobile phone devices by students.
A number of schools have already introduced phone bans in a bid to improve student engagement and reduce instances of cyberbullying.
Years 11 and 12 will retain an 'opt out' option subject to the approval of and in consultation with their School Association.
A review of the policy will be undertaken after twelve months.
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