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.
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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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|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:||07 Nov 2011 08:20|
|Last Modified:||22 Mar 2013 19:11|
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