Parental responsibility and Australian legislative attempts to curb truancy

Dickson, Elizabeth & Hutchinson, Terry C. (2010) Parental responsibility and Australian legislative attempts to curb truancy. In Hodgson, Stephanie (Ed.) The Teaching Profession : Overregulated? (Conference Session 4), The Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association, NSW Teachers Federatoin Conference Centre, Sydney, NSW.

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Statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests that truancy is a significant problem for Australian schools. This paper considers the efficacy of legislative attempts to curb truancy, focussing in particular on the Queensland experience. Both Queensland legislation and the Commonwealth Improving School Enrolment and Attendance Through Welfare reform Measure (SEAM) pilot program are explained and evaluated. The paper considers in particular the utility of parental responsibility strategies as a response to truancy - under the Education (General Provisions) Act 12006 (Queensland) parents of persistent truants may be prosecuted and fined; under the SEAM initiative parents may have their social security payments suspended. Despite the availability of these seemingly draconian penalties, there is a reluctance, in practice, to hold parents accountable. The paper attempts to explain this reluctance and asks whether parental responsibility legislation can deliver a solution to truancy.

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ID Code: 46855
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published on Conference CD
Keywords: Truancy, Law, Australia, Parental Responsibility
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elizabeth Dickson & Terry Hutchinson
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2011 22:20
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2013 09:11

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