Dress Code Legislation (DEECD)

Purpose of this policy

To outline the legislative basis for student dress codes.

Policy

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.

Legislative basis

This table describes the legislative basis for dress codes.

Act, regulation or order

Description

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:

  • clothing and other items worn, carried or used
  • grooming
  • physical appearance and the general presentation of students.

 

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.

 

Ebony’s Story – Wood Work

Last year, I studied all three of the technology subjects offered at the Year 9 level – wood, metal and glass and found I enjoyed Wood Work the most. I love using my hands to create things that I can use at home and things I am able to be proud of, such as the drawers and shelving unit I made during the class. Choosing to participate in Wood Work has helped me gain skills with power tools, screwdrivers and saws – things I might not have used otherwise. Also, in a class with half males and half females, it’s nice to see the perception of technology subjects changing where it’s now acceptable for women to be doing the male-perceived classes. I enjoyed Wood Work so much that I hope to continue doing technology subjects in the future.

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