The Education and Children’s Services Act 2019 (the Act) passed Parliament in August 2019 and is planned to start later this year.

The Act was developed following extensive consultation over a number of years, including via YourSAy from January to March 2017.

The Act supports the development and education of children in South Australia with new or updated provisions to:

  • Improve information sharing to support the education, safety and wellbeing of children and students
  • Introduce new and improved powers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and staff at schools, preschools and children’s services
  • Support a strong approach to attendance at school, introducing family conferencing to address chronic non-attendance, and increasing penalties for parents and, caregivers who fail to take reasonable steps to ensure their child attends school
  • Promote consistency in governance arrangements across government schools, preschools and children’s services
  • Update employment arrangements for government teachers

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