Applicant for enrolment
- A parent of a prospective student who is under 18 years of age;
- A child, in their own right, where the school principal believes it is in the child’s best interests to make the application;
- A legal guardian of a prospective student who is over 18 years of age
Compulsory school age (Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) s.9)
- A child is of compulsory school age if the child is at least 6 years and 6 months, and less than 16 years.
- However, a child is no longer of compulsory school age if the child has completed year 10.
Compulsory participation phase
A young person's compulsory participation phase starts when s/he stops being of compulsory school age (i.e. turns 16 or completes Year 10 whichever comes first) and ends when the person:
- gains a Senior Certificate, Certificate III or Certificate IV or
- has participated in eligible options for 2 years after the person stopped being of compulsory school age or
- turns 17 years of age.
Education Adjustment Program
The Education Adjustment Program (EAP) is part of the array of programs and services that are provided by the department to support students with disability in one of six categories: autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, physical impairment, speech-language impairment and vision impairment.
Early Childhood Development Program
Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) are region based resources to provide early intervention to assist children prior to Prep. These are hosted at either a primary, secondary or special school. Children register to attend an ECDP rather than enrol.
Early Entry into Prep
Children who are younger than the prescribed age for Prep may be enrolled in Prep if they:
- turn 5 years by 31 July in the year of proposed attendance; and
- the principal is satisfied the child is ready for education in Prep, having regard to their attributes (including ability, aptitude, social and emotional competence, physical development, and level of knowledge and understanding).
The principal may also enrol a child in Prep who is younger than the prescribed age if the child:
- has previously started education that is equivalent to Prep in another state or country; and
- is considered ready for education in Prep, having regard to their attributes (including ability, aptitude, social and emotional competence, physical development, and level of knowledge and understanding).
A program is considered to be equivalent to Prep if it is full-time, school based, and has a defined curriculum delivered in the year prior to Year 1.
There are no exceptions to these requirements. The conditions for early entry to Prep are set out in legislation, specifically Part 4, Section 15 of the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 (Qld).
Eligible option (Education (General Provisions) Act (Qld) s.232)
An eligible option is a recognised education or training program or course, offered by a recognised provider, which will enable a young person to gain a Certificate of Achievement, Senior Statement and/or a Certificate III or IV in a Vocation Education Program. Eligible options and providers are listed in the following table:
A document that states the respective rights and obligations, about the education of a person at a state school, with respect to:
- persons enrolled at the school; and
- parents of children enrolled at the school; and
- staff of the school.
Enrolment Eligibility Plan
A document outlining specific criteria which must be satisfied in order for an applicant to enrol in a particular school, such as the Queensland Academies. These criteria are in addition to the general enrolment requirements for state schools. For example, to be eligible for enrolment at one of the Queensland Academies, applicants must demonstrate at a minimum that they:
- have Australian citizenship or are a child of an Australian citizen; or have permanent resident status or are the child of a permanent resident; or are eligible under a Visa category; and
- have reached the benchmark results on the Higher Ability Selection Test; and
- have successfully completed an interview, against the interview criteria and be able to produce documentary evidence of school-based testing at their previous school; and
- can meet the financial commitment of the program fees at the Academy.
Enrolment Management Plan
A document stating:
- the school's catchment area; and
- the school's enrolment capacity for a student whose principal place of residence is outside the catchment area; and
- the requirements for enrolment at the school to be satisfied by a student whose principal place of residence is outside the catchment area.
Local Catchment Area
The geographical area from which a school draws its principal intake of students.
Parent (Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) s.10)
(1) A parent, of a child, is any of the following persons—
(a) the child’s mother;
(b) the child’s father;
(c) a person who exercises parental responsibility for the child.
(2) However, a person standing in the place of a parent of a child on a temporary basis is not a parent of the child.
(3) A parent of an Aboriginal child includes a person who, under Aboriginal tradition, is regarded as a parent of the child.
(4) A parent of a Torres Strait Islander child includes a person who, under Island custom, is regarded as a parent of the child.
(5) Despite subsections (1), (3) and (4), if—
(a) a person is granted guardianship of a child under the Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld); or
(b) a person otherwise exercises parental responsibility for a child under a decision or order of a federal court or a court of a State;
then a reference in this Act to a parent of a child is a reference only to a person mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b).
A prospective student is a person who has applied to enrol at a State school but who has not yet been accepted for enrolment.
Means the educational programs and services:
appropriate to the needs of persons with disability; and
additional to, or otherwise different from, educational programs and services generally available to persons of the relevant age who are not persons with a disability.
Special Education Program
A school-based resource (i.e. staff and/or equipment) located at a primary or secondary school to support students with disability and assist classroom teachers in the development and delivery of the students’ educational programs. SEPs can be based at a single site or can go across multiple sites as a ‘cluster special education program’.
SEPs that are designed for children prior to Prep are referred to as early childhood development programs and can be located at either a primary, secondary or special school.
Special Education Service
Staff and/or equipment based within the region that are provided to support the education programs of students or children with disability. Special education services for students or children with disability may include advisory visiting teachers, early special education advisory teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, registered nurses, school transition officers, guidance officers and orientation and mobility teachers.
Special school means a state school only providing special education.