Commonwealth Government

October 13, 2004

Not all states in Australia have legislation to ensure private schools are fully accountable.

Thus if parents complain about issues, they may not necessarily have matters dealt with appropriately.

Students may be expelled without parents or students having a right of appeal or any natural justice system in place, and there is no public accountability as to how public funds are spent in these schools.

There is no external advocate for the students or parents in these schools if disputes are not resolved.

We, the undersigned, request the Commonwealth Government of Australia establish a government department to act as advocate for children and adolescents in private schools, preschools and other relevant organisations.

We request this department place additional requirements on such organisations so that they are made accountable for every aspect of management, care and or education of children/adolescents.

We further request this government department be given authority to investigate complaints, ensure compliance related to government outcomes from such investigations, and that ongoing government funding to these organisations be rliant on full public accountability.

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The Accountability in private schools in Australia petition to Commonwealth Government was written by Jenny Fox and is in the category Education at GoPetition.