To outline the legislative basis for student dress codes.
All school councils have the authority to develop and implement dress codes for their students with this authority arising from a Ministerial Order under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
A dress code:
- is a written statement of school council expectations regarding student appearance
- during school hours
- while travelling to and from school
- when students are engaged in school activities out of school hours
- define standards for the general presentation of students
- set out broad guidelines about student appearance
- require students to wear a school uniform
- define specifications for garment design and colour.
This table describes the legislative basis for dress codes.
Act, regulation or order
|Ministerial Order under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006||Authorises the school council to develop and implement a dress code that covers any matters which a school council considers appropriate in relation to:
|Section 16(1)(c) – Education and Training Regulations 2007||States that the principal of a government school may determine the consequences to be imposed on a student for not wearing the school uniform in accordance with any determination of the school council on school uniforms, but the principal must be satisfied that the student’s failure to wear the uniform was because of the student’s disobedience, that the consequences must be reasonable and that the dress code policy has been brought to the attention of the students and parents.|
|Section 16(1)(c) – Education and Training Regulations 2007||States that an educational authority may set and enforce reasonable standards of dress and appearance for students, where a standard of dress and appearance for students is considered reasonable when the views of the school community have been taken into account in setting the standard.|