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SA introduces tougher penalties for offensive behaviour in schools

There will be tougher penalties to anyone who behaves in an offensive or abusive manner on school grounds, under proposed changes in the Education and Children’s Services Bill 2017.

New penalties – up to $2,500 – will apply to those who behave in an offensive manner or use abusive, threatening or insulting language towards principals, teachers and other staff at government and non-government schools, or through other communication channels. Other reforms in the Bill include:

  • Providing a range of new and strengthened measures to address non-attendance at school such as an increase in the maximum penalties from $500 to $5000 and new family conferences
  • Making it easier for schools to work with allied health professionals and other support staff to ensure students are connected with the local services they need
  • Updating the way schools share information about student progress and development
  • Making it easier for schools to keep good staff so they can focus on great teaching and learning.

Following public consultation between 19 December 2016 and 10 March 2017, the new legislation will replace the Education Act 1972 and the Children’s Services Act 1985 and modernises arrangements for both teachers and early childhood workers under a single Act.


10 Dec 2017 | Sydney, NSW
World leader in education policy, Pasi Sahlberg, joins UNSW and Gonski Institute for Education News Image

World-renowned Finnish educator Dr Pasi Sahlberg has been appointed a Professor of Education at UNSW Sydney and will work with the University’s new interdisciplinary institute focussing on educational access and excellence, the Gonski Institute for Education. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Australian preschoolers to learn new languages with ELLA in 2018 News Image

About 60,000 preschool children in the year before school will use tablet devices to access ELLA to learn one of nine languages next year using a series of seven interactive apps per language. Read More

8 Dec 2017
UniSA research to identify how schools foster refugee student resilience News Image

Often refugees don’t arrive with much but what they do have in spades is resilience; that will form the centerpiece of a Uni SA initiative designed to play to refugee children's strengths. Read More

8 Dec 2017
Arts degree a guarantee for future employment News Image

There’s a lot of uncertainty about what work will look like in the future but one thing is for sure; employers will be looking for flexible, agile thinkers... which is leading to a new regard for degrees like arts. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Inspirational teachers’ day made better News Image

Ten extraordinary primary and secondary school teachers have received a nice surprise with their students, colleagues and community anointing them as the winners of the 2017 A Day Made Better Teaching Awards. Read More