Education (General Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024

About the BILL 

On 6 March 2024 the Hon Di Farmer, Minister for Education and Minister for Youth Justice, introduced the Education (General Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Education, Employment, Training and Skills Committee for detailed consideration.   

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View: Statement of compatibility 

The Bill proposes to amend the Education (General Provisions Act) 2006 and other legislation to:

  • protect students by:
    • facilitating proactive and proportionate sharing of information when a student transfers between Queensland schools
    • allowing sharing of personal information to facilitate students accessing approved online services and support digital learning
  • contribute to the good order and management of Queensland state schools by:
    • improving procedural fairness for decision-making processes for school disciplinary absences
    • introducing a new appeal right for accumulated short suspensions
    • introducing student support plans
    • ensuring a student has access to education pending an enrolment decision
    • streamlining enrolment transfers between state special schools
    • implementing a school-based regulatory framework for a state school kindergarten program delivered at a prescribed state school and updating eligibility criteria for a distance education kindergarten learning program
    • updating provisions related to the operation of Parents and Citizens’ Associations
  • modernise and improve education services by:
    • enhancing the regulation of home education and streamlining the home education registration process
    • removing the use of gendered language
    • acknowledging wellbeing, inclusion and diversity
  • make minor and technical amendments to improve the operation and effectiveness of legislation regulating education in Queensland.

Further information

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, response to submissions, transcripts and answers to questions taken on notice are available as they become available under the Related Publications tab.

submissions

Submissions are now closed. The committee has published the first 1,200 submissions received, unless submitters requested confidentiality.

To view the submissions, click on the ‘View Submissions’ tab above.

Further submissions will be published in due course.

PUBLIC PROCEEDINGS

The committee held public briefings with the Department of Education on 18 March 2024 and 15 April 2024

Public hearings were held in Brisbane on 28 March 2024 and 4 April 2024

See timeline below for further information.

Committee’s report

The committee is due to table its report on Friday, 19 April 2024. The report will be published here.

Once the committee’s report has been tabled, the Government has three months to respond to the report’s recommendations (if any). At that time, the Government Response will be published here.

timeline

Submissions closed:25 March 2024
Public briefings:18 March 2024 - Program - Broadcast - Transcript Proof
15 April 2024 - Program - Broadcast
Public hearings:28 March 2024 - Program - Broadcast - Transcript Proof
4 April 2024 - Program - Broadcast - Transcript Proof
Report due date:19 April 2024
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