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Provide your feedback on new legislation which will replace both the Education Act 1972 and the Children's Services Act 1985.


Drafting of new legislation to replace the Education Act 1972 and the Children’s Services Act 1985 follows the government’s introduction of an independent regulator for schools and early childhood services such as preschool and long day care facilities, and a focus on improving the SACE to promote students’ general capabilities, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The proposed draft Bill is the biggest single legislative change to the education system in more than 40 years.

What is being decided?

A draft of the Education and Children’s Services Bill 2016 has been released for public comment. This will entrench a single Act of Parliament that will underpin our public education and care system here in South Australia.

The draft Bill updates and refines existing general administrative and employment requirements to make sure our schools are safe and nurturing environments and provide students with the support and services that they need.

Attendance is a key feature of the proposed Bill, which aims to strengthen provisions for compulsory enrolment and attendance at school, supported by new family conferences and stronger penalties for truancy. There are a number of other significant changes in the Bill to improve student and staff safety, modernise employment arrangements and improve information sharing between schools. Streamlined allied health and broader student support will ensure children and young people get the local services they need.

We are asking your views on the Bill. To find out more about the changes, download and read the information sheets outlining the key features of the draft legislation.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will be taken into consideration in the drafting of the final Bill, which will be publically available when introduced into Parliament in the autumn 2017 session.

Provide your feedback by:

Ms Joanna Blake
Manager, Legislation Reform
Legal Services Directorate
Department for Education and Child Development
GPO Box 1152

Feedback will be accepted until 5.00 pm Friday 10 March 2017.

What will happen with my feedback?

A report will be published within 90 days of the close of consultation. Additional updates will be provided regarding the legislation’s passage through Parliament, and development of the new regulations.


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