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.

 

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Book Club has given me a great chance to express my thoughts and opinions of the books I read. It has given me a great opportunity to read more, learn about new books and provided me with a wider range of books to read. In Book Club we go on excursions, such as going to the city to meet authors, which also gives us a chance to buy new books. A current event in Book Club is the ‘Reader’s Cup’ which is where we compete against other teams at a quiz night, answering questions about certain books we have read. Then we present our findings of the books in any creative way we like. An upcoming event will be a visit to the cinemas to watch a film related to a book the majority of us have read. This club has really helped me with my reading and choices of books to read. I am having a great time in Book Club and enjoy attending our weekly meetings.

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