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					             Enrolment and
             Attendance
             Guidelines




                          Effective from 15 June 2010




Department of Education
                              Enrolment and Attendance Guidelines




1. Enrolment in compulsory education



1.1 Legal requirements

             All children who are at least 5 years of age as at 1 January in any year must be enrolled
              in a school or be provided with home education until the end of the year in which they
              turn 16 unless exempted or excused in accordance with the Act. (Education Act 1994
              Section 4)
             From the age of 16 all young people are required to participate in a full-time eligible
              education or training option for at least one year. (Youth Participation in Education and
              Training Act 2005 (Guaranteeing Futures), Section 3)
             Upon enrolment the school principal must request a birth certificate or extract of
              birth. (Section 4, Education Act 1994; Secretary’s Instruction No.3: Enrolment)
             The school is advised to retain a copy of the birth certificate or other evidence of the
              student’s identity.
             Until a parent provides the required evidence of identity, the student is not considered
              to be legally enrolled.
             If there is any doubt about the parent's guardianship or care and control of the child,
              the principal should ask for evidence of their status in this regard including any court
              orders. (Section 4 (5), Education Act 1994)

1.2        Enrolment Principles

             A school-aged child is entitled to enrol at his or her home area school, or may be
              enrolled at another school which does not already have its maximum number of
              students. (Section 19 (1) and (5), Education Act 1994)
             A principal cannot refuse the enrolment of a school-aged child at a school other than
              his or her home area school unless the school has its maximum number of students.
             If the principal believes that there are reasons not to enrol the student, or for making
              the enrolment conditional (such as upon the availability of appropriate support or
              resources), he or she should contact the Learning Services General Manager.
             If a school-aged child has been expelled, re-enrolment at another school or college
              must be organised through the Learning Services General Manager.
             The Learning Services General Manager can direct that the principal accept the
              enrolment of any school-aged child if the child has not been prohibited from attending
              a State school.
             If the principal believes that the school is unable to provide appropriate and safe
              support for a student with health care needs, the principal should not enrol the
              student before consulting with the Learning Services General Manager, as outlined in
              the guidelines on students with health care needs.

      Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   2
          Principals should adhere to the policy on inclusion of students with disabilities in
           regular schools. This policy makes it clear that enrolling a student with a disability at
           his or her local school is the preferred option and that principals need to discuss with
           their Learning Services General Manager the school’s capacity to cater for such a
           student.



1.3 Exemption from enrolment

          A school-age child or class of children may be granted exemption from enrolment to
           enable them to leave school before they turn 16 if it is in the best interests of the
           child’s/class of children’s education for this to happen.
          Exemption from enrolment may be appropriate when:
           o       it is a condition for enrolment in an educational or vocational program being
                   offered outside the Department of Education, for example, the enrolment of 15
                   year old students in the Polytechnic or Academy (see point 1.4)
           o       a student has long-term prospects of stable employment
           o       the student’s health prevents their participation in schooling
           o       exceptional circumstances dictate that the student is unable to participate in
                   schooling
           o       circumstances dictate that the student would benefit from delayed entry into full
                   time school (Prep). See Section 1.5.4.
          Exemption from enrolments must not be used
           o       as a disciplinary action
           o       for family reasons such as the need for the student to look after family members,
                   help in a family business or maintain the family home
           o       because a student is pregnant or parenting.
          Exemption from enrolment is granted by the Secretary or delegate at his or her own
           initiative or on application (Education Act 1994, Section 5).
          The Secretary may impose any conditions on an exemption which he or she deems
           appropriate. For example:
           o       The exemption might be conditional on the student having full-time employment.
                   If the employment were terminated, the student would be obliged to return to
                   school or to an approved educational alternative.
           o       The exemption might be conditional on regular receipt of medical certificates or
                   regular reviews of the child’s circumstances.

          Exemptions from enrolment can be revoked, or other conditions can be added, at any
           time.
          Until a certificate of exemption from enrolment has been issued, students should not
           be advised that they have received an exemption.
          Exemption from enrolment for students in State care should only be granted after very
           careful consideration of the child’s circumstances and in close consultation with all the
           people involved in making decisions affecting the child (e.g. carers, social workers,
           psychologists, natural parents, youth justice workers, Children and Family Services, and
           advocates).
          Exemption from enrolment for students who are independent, living away from home
           and without the care of a parent/guardian/person with care and control should only be
           granted after very careful consideration of the child’s circumstances. It is appropriate
           to expect the student to accept the legislative requirements of compulsory education.

   Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   3
            However, students in these circumstances may sign their own application for
            exemption from enrolment.
           The Learning Services General Manager will maintain an exemptions data base.

1.4 Class exemption from enrolment for school-age students enrolling in the
    Tasmanian Polytechnic and/or the Tasmanian Academy

            A current class exemption from enrolment exists for all children who have completed
             Year 10 but are still school-aged, within the meaning of the Education Act 1994, in the
             year following year 10, and are enrolling full-time in the Academy or Polytechnic or
             both.

            These students must be able to provide evidence of completion of Year 10 by way of
             either a certificate of completion or of an end-of-year school report.

1.5 Procedures for applying for exemption from enrolment

     1.5.1 When a parent/guardian/person with care and control applies to exempt a
           child from enrolment

           Parents should complete an Application for Exemption from Enrolment form, which
            should be submitted to the school principal.
           The school principal should investigate the application.
           The investigation may include:
            o     consultation with the student (where student has capacity) and the student’s
                  parents;
            o     a wider discussion with all stakeholders; and
            o     additional information from Learning Services support staff.
           Feasible alternatives need to have been explored prior to application.
           A school social worker must provide a report as part of the application and liaise with
            government agencies as required.
           The principal should send to the Learning Services General Manager the parent’s
            application for the child’s exemption, together with his or her report and
            recommendation for either acceptance or rejection of the application.
           The Secretary or delegate may make any further investigation that he or she considers
            appropriate and will then either:
            o     grant the exemption, subject to any conditions; or
            o     refuse the application for exemption with reason.
           When an exemption is granted, the Learning Services General Manager will forward to
            the child’s parents a certificate of exemption from enrolment which will state the
            period of exemption and any conditions. A copy of the certificate will be sent to the
            principal and the relevant Senior Social Worker.
           The Learning Services General Manager will include the student’s exemption details on
            the Learning Service’s exemptions database.




    Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   4
 1.5.2 When the school or Learning Service initiates an application for exemption
       from enrolment

       A principal or member of the Learning Services support staff should apply to the
        Learning Services General Manager using an Application for Exemption from
        Enrolment form.
       The application should be signed by the student’s parents and must document reasons
        for the request. The report may include evidence from:
        o     the student’s parent(s), obtained from consultation; and
        o     members of the support staff.
       A school social worker must provide a report as part of the application and liaise with
        government agencies as required.
       The principal must explore all feasible alternatives.
       The Learning Services General Manager may make any further investigation that he or
        she believes to be appropriate and will then either:
        o     grant the exemption subject to any conditions; or
        o     refuse the application for exemption.
       When an exemption is granted, the Learning Services General Manager will forward to
        the child’s parents a certificate of exemption from enrolment which will state the
        period of exemption and any conditions. A copy of the certificate will be sent to the
        Principal and the relevant Senior Social Worker.

 1.5.3 When an independent student applies for exemption from enrolment

       The principal or social worker should confirm the student’s independent status.
       An independent student should apply to the Learning Services General Manager using
        an ‘Application for Exemption from Enrolment’ form.
       The application should be signed by the student and must document reasons for the
        request. The report may include evidence from:
        o     the student’s parent(s), obtained from consultation; and
        o     members of the support staff.
       A school social worker must provide a report as part of the application and liaise with
        government agencies as required.
       The principal must explore all feasible alternatives.
       The Learning Services General Manager may make any further investigations that he or
        she believes to be appropriate and will then either:
        o     grant the exemption subject to any conditions; or
        o     refuse the application for exemption.
       When an exemption is granted, the Learning Services General Manager will forward to
        the student a certificate of exemption from enrolment which will state the period of
        exemption and any conditions. A copy of the certificate will be sent to the Principal
        and the relevant Senior Social Worker.

 1.5.4 Delaying entry to full-time schooling (Prep)

       There are some circumstances where delaying entry into Prep may be beneficial. These
        include where a child has special educational needs or delayed development.
       A parent of a child may apply to delay entry into Prep if there is a sound educational
        reason.
       Parents should apply by letter directly to the Secretary with details of their reason.

Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   5
             The letter should include the name of the primary school that the child will be
              attending and evidence of endorsement by the Principal of the school.
             If granted an exemption allowing a delayed entry into full-time school it is hoped that
              the child will enter or remain in Kindergarten in the year that they would normally
              have entered Prep.
             Parents will receive confirmation from the Secretary, or delegate, that an exemption
              allowing a delayed entry into full-time school has been approved.

       If at any time a Parent decides to reverse the decision to delay entry into full-time school
       they are able to do so and, in such a circumstance, are asked to make direct contact with
       the school Principal.

1.5        Enrolment in certain cases

The Secretary or delegate has authority to refuse, enrol, or put conditions on the enrolment of a
school-age child.

The Secretary has authority to refuse, enrol, or put conditions on the enrolment of a person who
has completed his or her entitlement to education. Refer Education Act 1994 Sections 47, 47A-E.

1.6        Dual Enrolment

Dual enrolments can only occur in exceptional circumstances and when the principals of both
schools involved agree that a dual enrolment is in the best interests of the child.



      2. Attendance



       For the purposes of this section the word ‘school’ includes school endorsed programs
       outlined in a student’s personalised learning plan.

2.1 Legal requirements

             All children enrolled in a school must attend each school day as required by the
              principal unless:
              o     They are absent because of illness, incapacity or other reasonable cause and their
                    parents/guardians have notified the school. These students are deemed to be
                    “excused” (see Section 2.2.).
              o     The principal has required the student not to attend because of infestation or
                    contagious disease. These students are deemed to be “excused” (see Section
                    2.2.).
              o     The student is exempted from attendance (see section 2.3). This includes
                    students who have been suspended, excluded, expelled or prohibited from
                    attendance through an approved disciplinary process.
              o     The student has a certificate for part-time attendance (see Section 2.4).

             The principal must ensure that an official record of attendance is maintained for each
              enrolled student. This must include attendance at any offsite provision.
      Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   6
          A principal has duty of care for all students while they are attending at the required
           times. The principal must therefore ensure that a departmental record of a student’s
           individual timetable based on their personalised learning program is maintained.
          The principal is responsible for following up unexplained absences for students
           enrolled at their school.

2.2 Excused from Attendance

          A school-aged child is excused from attendance at a school on any day if the child is
           prevented from attending because of sickness; or temporary physical or mental
           incapacity; or any other reasonable cause as approved by the principal; and a
           parent/guardian of the child has notified the school's principal.
          The principal may require a student not to attend a school during any day on which
           the student has an infestation or is suffering from any disease which, on advice from
           the Director of Public Health, the Secretary considers may be infectious, contagious or
           harmful to the health of other persons at the school. Appendix 2 gives further details
           in relation to infectious diseases.
          Aboriginal students may be excused from attendance for up to 5 days per year in
           order to participate in cultural events or activities. Additional days may be negotiated
           with the school and approved by the principal. All cultural leave days must be aligned
           to the personalised learning plan of the student.

2.3 Exemption from Attendance

          Exemption from Attendance is when a school-aged child is exempted from attending a
           school because:
            o    the child is being home educated;
            o    the child is suspended, excluded, expelled or prohibited from attendance ;
            o     a certificate of exemption from enrolment issued on the initiative of the
                 Secretary is in force in respect of the child;
            o    the child attends what the parents believe to be a registered school.

          An exemption under this section ceases to have effect on the day on which the event
           on which the exemption is based ceases to apply.
          An application does not have to be made for these exemptions from attendance.

2.4 Part-time attendance

          Part-time attendance is when a student is enrolled in a school but is participating
           part-time in an educational program endorsed by the school.
          A student does not have part-time attendance status if they are participating off-
           campus in a full-time school-endorsed program.
          Part-time attendance may be appropriate when:
           o     a child has a particular medical condition or is effected by medical treatment
           o     it is a condition for enrolment in an educational or vocational program being
                 offered outside the Department of Education
           o     a student has long-term prospects of stable employment
           o     particular circumstances impact on the child’s capacity to engage in full-time
                 schooling
           o     the child has special educational needs that can best be met through part-time
                 attendance.

   Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   7
       A student’s part-time attendance status must be reviewed at least once per term.
       The Secretary has the authority to permit part-time attendance (Education Act 1994
        Section 7). A Learning Services General Manager has this delegated authority.
       Part-time attendance for students in State care should only be granted after very
        careful consideration of the student’s circumstances and in close consultation with all
        the people involved in making decisions affecting the student (e.g. carers, social
        workers, school psychologists, natural parents, youth justice workers, Children and
        Family Services, and advocates).
       Part-time attendance for students who are independent, living away from home and
        without the care of a parent/guardian/person with care and control should only be
        granted after very careful consideration of the student’s circumstances. It is
        appropriate to expect the student to accept the legislative requirements of compulsory
        education. However, students in these circumstances may sign their own application
        for part-time attendance.
       The principal is responsible for:
        o     maintaining a record of the part-time attendance details (individual timetable) of
              the student;
        o     maintaining a record of the part-time attendance of students according to the
              requirements of their individual timetable and in accordance with DoE guidelines;
        o     ensuring regular reviews are held of each student’s part-time attendance
              arrangements.



 2.4.1 Where a parent applies for their child to be granted part-time attendance

       Parents should complete an Application for Part-time Attendance form which should
        be submitted to the school principal. The application should state clearly the period of
        part-time attendance that is being requested and the review period.
       The school principal should investigate the application and recommend its acceptance
        or rejection. A principal should not forward an application for part-time attendance
        without providing a report which includes his or her recommendation.
       The report from the principal should:
        o     state as fully as possible the reasons for the application and the outcomes that
              are anticipated;
        o     state the time that the student will attend;
        o     show that, where appropriate, there has been consultation with other
              Government departments;
        o     state the period of time for which the part-time attendance is requested, and
              mechanisms for review;
        o     ensure that the student is fully informed and counselled about the nature and
              implications of the application; and
        o     discuss the possible mechanisms for resumption of full-time attendance.
       School social workers have a particular duty to investigate applications for part-time
        attendance and to liaise with relevant government agencies as required. A school social
        worker is required to provide a report on applications.
       The principal should send to the Learning Services General Manager the parent's
        application for the child's part-time attendance, together with his or her report and
        recommendation.
       The Learning Services General Manager may make any further investigation that he or
        she considers appropriate and will then either:

Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   8
          o    grant the application for part-time attendance, subject to any conditions; or
          o    refuse the application for part-time attendance.
        When part-time attendance is granted, the Learning Services General Manager will
         forward to the child's parents a certificate of part-time attendance, which will clearly
         state the period of part-time attendance, the student’s individual timetable and any
         conditions. A copy of the certificate will be sent to the principal.

 2.4.2 When a school initiates an application for part-time attendance

          A principal, when he or she believes that it is in the best interests of the child's
           education for the child to attend school part-time, should apply to the Learning
           Services General Manager, using an Application for Part-time Attendance form.
          The application should be signed by the student's parents and should be accompanied
           by a full report.
          The report from the principal should:
         o     give as fully as possible the reasons for the application and the outcomes that are
               anticipated;
         o     state the time that the student will attend;
         o     provide evidence that the student’s parents have been consulted and that a high
               degree of consultation has occurred with others concerned with the student;
         o     show that, where appropriate, there has been consultation with other
               Government departments;
         o     state the period of time for which the part-time attendance is requested, and
               mechanisms for review;
         o     ensure that the student is fully informed and counselled about the implications of
               the application; and
         o     discuss the possible mechanisms for resumption of full-time attendance.
        School social workers have a duty to investigate applications for part-time attendance
         and to liaise with relevant government agencies as required. A school social worker
         must provide a report on applications.
        The Learning Services General Manager may make any further investigation that he or
         she believes to be appropriate and will then either:
         o     grant the application for part-time attendance, subject to any conditions; or
         o     refuse the application.
        When part-time attendance is granted, the Learning Services General Manager will
         forward to the child's parents a certificate of part-time attendance which will clearly
         state the period of attendance, the student’s individual timetable and any conditions. A
         copy of the certificate will be sent to the principal.

 2.4.3 Where an independent student applies to be granted part-time attendance

        The principal or social worker should confirm the student’s independent status.
        An independent student should complete an Application for Part-time Attendance
         form which should be submitted to the school principal. The application should state
         clearly the period of part-time attendance that is being requested and the review
         period.
        The school principal should investigate the application and recommend its acceptance
         or rejection. A principal should not forward an application for part-time attendance
         without providing a report which includes his or her recommendation.
        The report from the principal should:

Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   9
        o     state as fully as possible the reasons for the application and the outcomes that
              are anticipated;
        o     state the time that the student will attend;
        o     show that, where appropriate, there has been consultation with other
              Government departments;
        o     state the period of time for which the part-time attendance is requested, and
              mechanisms for review;
        o     ensure that the student is fully informed and counselled about the nature and
              implications of the application; and
        o     discuss the possible mechanisms for resumption of full-time attendance.
       School social workers have a particular duty to investigate applications for part-time
        attendance and to liaise with relevant government agencies as required. A school social
        worker is required to provide a report on applications.
       The principal should send to the Learning Services General Manager the independent
        student's application for part-time attendance, together with his or her report and
        recommendation.
       The Learning Services General Manager may make any further investigation that he or
        she considers appropriate and will then either:
          o grant the application for part-time attendance, subject to any conditions; or
          o refuse the application for part-time attendance.
       When part-time attendance is granted, the Learning Services General Manager will
        forward to the independent student a certificate of part-time attendance, which will
        clearly state the period of part-time attendance, the student’s individual timetable and
        any conditions. A copy of the certificate will be sent to the principal.




Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   10
Appendix 1 Relevant Sections of the Education Act 1994

Relevant sections of the Education Act 1994 (Amendments 2005) have been included and have
been updated to reflect recent legislative amendments to the Act (2008).



Section 4. Enrolment

(1) Unless exempted or excused under this part, a child who is at least five years of age as at 1
    January in any year must be enrolled at a school or be provided with home education for
    that year and subsequent years until the child completes the school year during which he or
    she attains the age of 16 years.

(2) Unless a school-aged child is exempted from enrolment under section 5, a parent of the
    child must–

(a)    enrol the child in a school appropriate to the child's educational needs; or

(b)    be registered as a home educator in respect of that child.

(3) A parent is to enrol a school-aged child at a school by lodging a completed application with
    the school's principal.

(4) An application for enrolment of a school-aged child is to include any information the
    Secretary may determine relating to –

(a)    the identity of the child; and

(b)    the identity of the parent of the child; and

(c)    the place of residence of the child; and

(d)    any other matter in respect of enrolment at a State school the Secretary requires.

(5)    If requested by the school's principal, a parent wishing to enrol a school-aged child is to
       provide evidence of –

(a) the age of the child; and

(ab) the family name of the child; and

(b) the parent's guardianship, care or control of the child.



Section 5.        Exemption from enrolment

(1) A parent of a school-aged child may apply to the Secretary to exempt the child from the
    requirement to enrol at a school.



      Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   11
(2) The Secretary, at his or her own initiative or on application, may grant a child or a class of
    children an exemption from the requirement to be enrolled at a school if satisfied that it is in
    the best interests of the child's or children’s education to be exempted.

(3) The Secretary may –

(a)     grant the exemption subject to any condition; and

(b)    impose any further condition or vary or revoke any condition at any time.



Section 6.        Attendance

(1) A parent of a school-aged child must ensure that the child –

(a)    attends the school each day as required by the principal; or

(ab) participates in an individual educational program; or

(b)    receives home education; or

(c)    attends at the Academy or the Polytechnic each day as required if the child is exempted
       under section 5 from the requirement to be enrolled at a school subject to a condition that
       the child attend or be enrolled at either the Academy or the Polytechnic.

(2)    A school-aged child who is not provided with home education is to attend a school during
       the whole of a school day unless the child is participating in an individual educational
       program or is exempted or excused under this Part.

(3)    A principal, the Academy or the Polytechnic must ensure that a register is kept recording
       the daily attendance or absence of each school-aged child.



Section 7.        Part-time attendance

(1)    A parent of a school-aged child may apply to the Secretary to permit the child to attend a
       school part-time.

(2)    The Secretary, at his or her own initiative or on application, may permit part-time
       attendance at a school if satisfied that it is in the best interests of the child's education to
       attend part-time.

(3)    The Secretary may –

(a)    permit part-time attendance at a school subject to any condition; and

(b)    impose any further condition or vary or revoke any condition at any time.




      Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   12
Section 8.         Certificate of exemption

(1) If the Secretary exempts a school-aged child under section 5, the Secretary is to issue a
    certificate of exemption.

(a)     If the Secretary exempts a class of school-age children under section 5, the Secretary is to
        issue a certificate of exemption on the application of a school-aged child of that class or the
        parent of such a school-aged child.

(2) A certificate of exemption remains in force for the period referred to in the certificate
    unless sooner revoked.

(3) A certificate of exemption ceases to be in force if any condition of the exemption is
    contravened or not complied with.

(4) The Secretary may revoke an exemption if satisfied that it is appropriate to do so.



Section 9.         Exemption from attendance without application

(1) A school-aged child is exempted from the requirement to attend a school if –

(a)     the child is suspended or temporarily excluded from that school; or

(b)     the child has been expelled from that school; or

(c)     a certificate of exemption is in force in respect of the child; or

(d)     the child attended a school which the child's parent reasonably believed to be a school
        within the meaning of this Act.

(2)     An exemption under this section ceases to have effect on the day on which the event on
        which the exemption is based ceases to apply.

(3) A school-aged child who is enrolled at a school is not exempted from the requirement to
    attend the school by reason only of any disability.



Section 10. Excused from daily attendance

(1) A school-aged child is excused from attendance at a school, the Academy or the Polytechnic
    on any day if –

(a)     the child is prevented from attending because of –

(i)      sickness; or

(ii)    temporary, physical or mental incapacity; or



       Terminology used in these guidelines is in accordance with definitions in the Education Act 1994 (Consolidated)   13
(iii) any other reasonable cause approved by the principal, the Academy or the Polytechnic, as
      the case may require; and

(b)    a parent of the child has notified the school's principal, the Academy or the Polytechnic
       within the period specified by the Secretary, the Academy or the Polytechnic.

(2) If a school-aged child’s non-attendance at a school, the Academy or the Polytechnic because
    of sickness or incapacity extends beyond the period specified by the Secretary, the Academy
    or the Polytechnic, a parent of the child, at the request of the school's principal, the
    Academy or the Polytechnic, is to provide a certificate from a registered medical
    practitioner.

(3)    The principal, the Academy or the Polytechnic may require a student not to attend a school,
       the Academy or the Polytechnic during any day on which the student has an infestation or is
       suffering from any disease which, on advice from the Director of Public Health, the
       Secretary, the Academy or the Polytechnic considers may be infectious, contagious or
       harmful to the health of other persons at the school, the Academy or the Polytechnic.

Section 19. Enrolment within home area

(1)     A school-aged child or person is entitled to be enrolled at the State school which has its
intake of students from the area in which his or her home is situated.

(2)     A school-aged child or person may be enrolled at a State school which does not have its
intake of students from the area in which his or her home is situated if there is not the maximum
number of students at the school.

Section 21. Special education

The Secretary may determine –

         a.     whether or not a child or person is entitled to be enrolled in a State special school;
                and
         b.     the circumstances or manner in which the child or person may be enrolled; and
         c.     any other matter relating to the enrolment.

Section 47. Entitlement to complete secondary education provided by State school
(1) If a person is not a school-aged child and has not completed secondary education at the level
     provided by State schools, that person is entitled, subject to section 47D, to attend a State
     school –
     (a) until the person completes the final year of secondary education provided by State
           schools; or
     (b) for a period not exceeding the equivalent of 2 years of full-time study –whichever
           occurs first.
(2) If a person is entitled to attend a State school under subsection (1), the Secretary may
     determine which schools, or which class of schools, the person may attend.

Section 47A.         Attending State school after compulsory education
(1) If a person is not a school-aged child and –
     (a) he or she is not entitled to attend a State school under section 47;
     or


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       (b)   his or her entitlement under section 47 to attend a State school has come to an end –
            the person may apply to the principal of a State school to attend or continue attending
            that school.
(2)    An application is to be in a form approved by the Secretary.
(3)    Subject to section 47D, the principal may –
       (a) grant the application with or without conditions; or
       (b) refuse to grant the application.

Section 47B.          Entitlement to attend Academy or Polytechnic
(1) In this section – “post-Year 10 secondary education and training” means secondary
     education and training that is usually undertaken by persons following the completion of the
     fourth year of secondary education, being the year commonly known as Year 10.
(2) If a person is not a school-aged child and has not completed the equivalent of 2 years of full-
     time study of post-Year 10 secondary education and training, that person is entitled, subject
     to section 47D, to attend the Academy or the Polytechnic for a period not exceeding the
     equivalent of 2 years of full-time study.
(3) If –
     (a) a person is entitled to attend the Academy or the Polytechnic under subsection (2);
           and
     (b) there is a dispute as to which the person may attend, the Academy and the
           Polytechnic, jointly, may determine the matter.

Section 47C.         Attending Academy or Polytechnic after entitlement ends
(1) If a person is not a school-aged child and –
     (a) he or she is not entitled to attend the Academy or the Polytechnic under section 47B;
           or

       (b)  his or her entitlement under section 47B to attend the Academy or the Polytechnic
            has come to an end – the person may apply to the Academy or the Polytechnic to
            attend or continue attending the Academy or the Polytechnic.
(2)    An application is to be in a form approved by the Academy or the Polytechnic.
(3)    Subject to section 47D, the Academy or the Polytechnic may –
       (a) grant the application with or without conditions; or
       (b) refuse to grant the application.

Section 47D.            Requirement that person be of good character
(1) If –
     (a) a person is entitled to attend a State school, the Academy or the Polytechnic under
           section 47 or 47B; or
     (b) an application is made for the applicant to attend or continue attending a State school,
           the Academy or the Polytechnic under section 47A or 47C – the Secretary, Academy
           or Polytechnic may require to be satisfied that the applicant is of good character
           before the application may be granted.
(2) In order to be satisfied as to the good character of the applicant, the Secretary, Academy or
     Polytechnic may require the Commissioner of Police to provide a report in respect of any
     convictions or proceedings taken against the applicant.
(3) Sections 22(1), 31(1), 45(1) and 108 of the Youth Justice Act 1997 do not apply to the
     identification, in a report provided under subsection (2), of an applicant who is a youth as
     defined in that Act in respect of any action or proceedings referred to in those sections.




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Section 47E.             Determining what is equivalent of 2 years of full-time study
If there is a dispute as to whether a person has completed, or what constitutes, the equivalent of 2
years of full-time study for the purposes of section 47 or 47B –
(a) the dispute is to be determined by the Minister; and
(b) the Minister’s determination is final.




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Appendix 2 Infectious diseases
The following diseases are presently deemed to be infectious, contagious or potentially harmful to
the health of other people in a school. The minimum periods that a sufferer should not attend
school are indicated. These recommended periods are a guide which may be modified in individual
cases. Further advice can be obtained from the Director of Public Health.
Chicken Pox                         Should not attend for 5 days after the first eruption appears (scabs
                                    remaining after this time are not an indication of a need for continued
                                    exclusion)
Conjunctivitis                      Should not attend until eye discharge stops
Diarrhoea                           Should not attend until condition stops
Diphtheria                          Should not attend until medical certificate of recovery issued after at
                                    least 2 negative throat swabs
Glandular Fever                     May attend school
Hepatitis A                         Should not attend until medical certificate of recovery
Hepatitis B                         May attend school
Hepatitis C                         May attend school
HIV                                 May attend school
School Sores                        Should not attend until sores on exposed surfaces have been treated
                                    and are covered with a dressing
Leprosy                             Should not attend until health authority authorises return
Measles                             Should not attend for at least 5 days from appearance of rash
Meningitis (Bacterial)              Should not attend until well
Meningococcal Infection             Should not attend until well
Mumps                               Should not attend for at least 9 days after onset of symptoms
Pediculosis (Lice)                  Should not attend until day after treatment has started
Poliomyelitis                       Should not attend for at least 14 days from onset and readmit on
                                    medical certificate of recovery
Ringworm                            Should not attend until day after treatment has started
Rubella (German Measles) Should not attend until fully recovered or for at least 4 days after the
                         onset of rash
Scabies                             Should not attend until day after treatment has started
Streptococcal Infection             Should not attend for 24 hours after antibiotic treatment and the
(including Scarlet Fever)           student feels well
Trachoma                            Should not attend until day after treatment has started
Tuberculosis                        Should not attend until production of medical certificate
Typhoid and Paratyphoid             Should not attend until production of medical certificate
Fever
Whooping Cough                      Should not attend for 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment.




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                                                                                                             Department of
Application for Exemption from Enrolment                                                                      Education
(This application may be initiated by a parent/school/Learning Service/independent student.)

TO: THE GENERAL MANAGER LEARNING SERVICES OR DELEGATE
TODAY’S DATE: __________

LEARNING SERVICE: __________________________________________________________________________

SCHOOL: ______________________________________________BCN (School Number): __________________

STUDENT NAME: _________________________________________________ED-ID: ______________________

AGE: ___________ GRADE: ___________ ATSI STATUS: ___________                         MALE / FEMALE (Please circle)

PARENT(S) NAME: __________________________________________________TEL NO: __________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________________________________

STUDENT ADDRESS (If Different): _______________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________TEL NO: __________________



REASON(S) FOR APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION

(If the reason for this exemption application is student employment, documentation from the employer must
be provided, such as a contract or letter on employer’s letterhead indicating intent to employ the student.)

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________



PRINCIPAL REPORT

Please attach the Principal’s report, including details of action taken to provide for student's individual
educational development including literacy and numeracy skills, and actions to retain the student at school,
as appropriate.

PRINCIPAL NAME: ___________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________



SOCIAL WORKER REPORT

Please attach the Social Worker report.

SOCIAL WORKER NAME: _____________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________


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DETAILS OF EXEMPTION

START DATE:         _________________________ TERM (               )

REVIEW DATE: _________________________ TERM (                      )

END DATE*:          _________________________ TERM (               )

NAME AND ROLE OF PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REVIEW:
____________________________________



(*The maximum exemption period without review or the maximum period until a review is required is the
shorter of either one term or until the end of the current term)

PARENT COMMENT

Or

INDEPENDENT STUDENT COMMENT (if independent student is applying for this exemption)

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________



GENERAL MANAGER LEARNING SERVICES – DECISION

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________


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                                                                                                             Department of
                                                                                                              Education

Application for Part-time Attendance
TO: THE GENERAL MANAGER LEARNING SERVICES OR DELEGATE
TODAY’S DATE: __________

LEARNING SERVICE: __________________________________________________________________________

SCHOOL: ______________________________________________BCN (School Number): __________________

STUDENT NAME: _________________________________________________ED-ID: ______________________

AGE: ___________ GRADE: ___________ ATSI STATUS: ___________                         MALE / FEMALE (Please circle)

PARENT(S) NAME: __________________________________________________TEL NO: __________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________________________________

STUDENT ADDRESS (If Different): _______________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________TEL NO: __________________



REASON(S) FOR APPLICATION FOR PART-TIME ATTENDANCE

(If the reason for this application is student employment, documentation from the employer must be
provided)

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________



PRINCIPAL REPORT

Please attach the Principal’s report, including details of action taken to provide for student's individual
educational development, and to retain in this school, as appropriate.

PRINCIPAL NAME: ___________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________



SOCIAL WORKER REPORT

Please attach the Social Worker report.

SOCIAL WORKER NAME: _____________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________
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DETAILS OF PART-TIME ATTENDANCE

START DATE:         _________________________ TERM (               )

REVIEW DATE: _________________________ TERM (                      )

END DATE*:          _________________________ TERM (               )

(*The maximum period of part-time attendance without review, or the maximum period until a review is
required, is the shorter of either one term or until the end of the current term)

PARENT – COMMENT

Or

INDEPENDENT STUDENT COMMENT (if independent student is applying for this exemption)

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________



GENERAL MANAGER LEARNING SERVICES - DECISION

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________
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Department of Education




Certificate of Exemption from Enrolment




This is to certify that (name of child)
of (address)
whose date of birth is (date of birth)
has been granted an exemption from enrolment
from (start of exemption from enrolment)
to (last day of exemption from enrolment)


This approval for exemption from enrolment is granted subject to the following conditions:
1. That this exemption from enrolment is reviewed by (date)
     by (person/people who will undertake the review)
     If the review finds that the arrangement is not working satisfactorily, further discussions will
     take place with all relevant parties.
2.
3.
4.




SIGNATURE: ___________________________________________ Date: ____________

                  Secretary




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Department of Education



Certificate of Part-time Attendance




This is to certify that (name of child)
of (address)
whose date of birth is (date of birth)
has been approved for part-time school attendance
from (start of part-time attendance)
to (last day of part-time attendance)


This approval for part-time attendance is granted subject to the following conditions:
1. That this part-time attendance arrangement is reviewed by (date)
     by (person/people who will undertake the review)
     If the review finds that the arrangement is not working satisfactorily, further discussions will
     take place with all relevant parties.
2.
3.
4.




SIGNATURE: ___________________________________________ Date: ____________

                  Secretary




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