Parent (Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) s. 10)
The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld), Section 10 defines the meaning of parent as:
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).
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 (Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) s.231)
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 Certificate of Achievement, Senior Statement, 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.
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. Eligible options and providers are listed in the following table:
Information collected either electronically or in hard copy about a student’s attendance or absence from school.
When no explanation for a student absence has been offered to the school by the parent, or the student if they are living independently.