In this Part:
enrolment includes prospective and continuing enrolment.
guidelines means the guidelines under Division 4.
non-government schools authority means an approved authority for a system of non-government schools within the meaning of section 40.
relevant agency—see section 26C.
school means a government school or a registered non-government school.
student includes:(a) a student who is above the age of 18 years, and(b) a prospective student.
(1) Information may be obtained under this Division solely for the purposes of assisting the Director-General or schools:(a) to assess whether the enrolment of a particular student at a school is likely to constitute a risk (because of the behaviour of the student) to the health or safety of any person (including the student), and(b) to develop and maintain strategies to eliminate or minimise any such risk.(2) Information about a student obtained under this Division is prohibited from being disclosed under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 except in response to an access application under that Act that is made by:(a) the student the subject of the information, or(b) a parent of the student, or(c) any person nominated in writing by the student or a parent of the student.(3) Nothing in this Division operates to prevent the provision or disclosure of information as required or permitted by or under any other Act or law (except as provided by subsection (2)).
(1) Information may be obtained in accordance with this Division from any one or more of the following (relevant agencies):(a) schools,(b) the Department of Education and Training,(c) a non-government schools authority,(d) the TAFE Commission and TAFE establishments,(e) public health organisations within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997,(f) the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care,(g) the Department of Community Services,(h) the Department of Juvenile Justice,(h1) the Department of Corrective Services,(i) the NSW Police Force,(j) any other agency prescribed by the regulations.(2) For the purposes of this Division, memoranda of understanding for the provision of information to:(a) schools, or(b) a non-government schools authority, or(c) the Department of Education and Training,may be entered into, in accordance with the guidelines, between any one or more relevant agencies.
(1) The Department of Education and Training, a non-government schools authority or a school may request a relevant agency to provide such information about a particular student as would assist in making an assessment, or developing or maintaining strategies, of the kind referred to in section 26B.(2) The Department, authority or school may provide the relevant agency with such information about the student as may assist the agency to provide the information sought.(3) A relevant agency has a duty to provide information sought under this section if the agency has the information in its possession or under its control.(4) Information obtained under this section may be passed on to other schools, the Department or a non-government schools authority (or to any other person or body as permitted by this Act or the guidelines).(5) Information of the kind referred to in subsection (1) may be provided by one school to another school at which the student concerned enrols:(a) without the need for any request from the other school, and(b) regardless of whether the information was obtained under this section or otherwise.(6) However, this section:(a) does not authorise or require the provision of information if its disclosure is prohibited by:(i) section 20G, 20P or 23 of the Health Administration Act 1982, or(ii) section 29 (1) (f) of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, and(b) does not require the provision of information if the guidelines authorise the relevant agency to refuse to provide the information.
In making an assessment, and (if necessary) developing a strategy, referred to in section 26B, the Director-General or school (as the case may be) must, unless the guidelines otherwise provide:(a) consult the student concerned and the parents or a parent of the student, and(b) disclose to the student, parent or parents any relevant information obtained under this Division.
(1) An Act or law that prohibits the disclosure of information does not operate to prevent the provision of information under this Division. This subsection applies unless its operation is expressly excluded by this or some other Act.(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a disclosure of information that is prohibited by:(a) section 20G, 20P or 23 of the Health Administration Act 1982, or(b) section 29 (1) (f) of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.(3) If information about a student is provided under this Division in good faith and with reasonable care:(a) no liability for defamation is incurred because of the provision of the information, and(b) the provision of the information does not constitute a ground for any other civil proceedings, and(c) the provision of the information does not constitute a breach of professional etiquette or ethics or a departure from accepted standards of professional conduct.
(1) This Division has effect despite any entitlement to enrolment at a government school under section 34 (1) or (2).(2) Nothing in this Division affects the operation of section 34 (4).
(1) The Director-General may direct that a student is not to be enrolled at any government school other than a government school of a kind specified in the direction.(2) A direction under this section may be given only if the Director-General believes on reasonable grounds that the enrolment of the student otherwise than as permitted by the direction would constitute a risk (because of the behaviour of the student) to the health or safety of any person (including the student).(3) A student is not to be enrolled at a government school in contravention of a direction in force under this section.(4) Any facility conducted by the State for the purpose of educating students in Kindergarten or any of Years 1–12 is taken to be a government school for the purpose of a direction under this section and, for that purpose, may be so referred to in the guidelines.
(1) Before a direction is given under this Division:(a) the Director-General must ensure that the student the subject of the proposed direction, the parents or a parent of the student and any other person identified in the guidelines for the purposes of this section:(i) is given access to the information that gave rise to the proposed direction, and(ii) is given written notice of the grounds for the proposed direction, and(iii) is given an opportunity to make representations (whether oral or written, or both oral and written, as the student, parent or other person chooses) in relation to the information and the proposed direction, and(b) the Director-General must take into consideration any representations so made.(2) However, the guidelines may provide that the access, notice and opportunity required by this section may be withheld, in the circumstances specified in the guidelines, from any person referred to in this section.(3) Guidelines referred to in subsection (2) must require the access, notice and opportunity concerned to be given to at least one adult person referred to in this section (who may be the student, if the student is an adult).
The Director-General is to give written notice of a direction under this Division and of the grounds for the direction:(a) to the student concerned, and(b) to the parents or a parent of the student (unless the guidelines otherwise provide).
The Director-General may vary or revoke a direction under this Division:(a) on the application of the student concerned, or(b) on the application of a parent of the student, or(c) on the Director-General’s own initiative.
(1) The Minister may from time to time issue guidelines (not inconsistent with this Act or the regulations) for the purposes of this Part.(2) The guidelines must make provision with respect to each of the following matters:(a) the general principles that a person must bear in mind when exercising a function under this Part,(b) for the purposes of section 26B, matters that are likely to constitute a risk to the health or safety of any person,(c) the way in which assessments of the kind referred to in section 26B are to be carried out,(d) memoranda of understanding between relevant agencies for the purposes of Division 2, including who may enter memoranda of understanding on behalf of relevant agencies,(e) the kind of information that may, or must (if any), be sought under Division 2,(f) who may make a request for information under section 26D on behalf of the Department of Education and Training, a non-government schools authority or a school,(g) who may provide information on behalf of relevant agencies,(h) the circumstances in which a relevant agency may refuse to provide information requested under Division 2,(i) the way in which information obtained under Division 2 is to be kept and the length of time that it is to be kept,(j) additional circumstances (if any) in which the information may be passed on, and to whom it may be passed on,(k) the circumstances in which the Director-General or a school is not required to consult the student concerned or the parents or a parent of the student under section 26E,(l) the procedures (other than those required by section 26I) to be followed before a direction under Division 3 is given, varied or revoked by the Director-General,(m) the kinds of government schools that may be specified in such a direction,(n) the circumstances in which notice of such a direction is not required to be given to the parents of the student concerned,(o) the way in which such a direction is to be reviewed following an application for a variation or revocation of it.(3) The guidelines may also make provision with respect to such other matters as the Minister considers appropriate.(4) The Minister may from time to time amend or revoke the guidelines.(5) The guidelines, and any instrument amending or revoking the guidelines, must be published in the Gazette.(6) The guidelines as in force from time to time must be made publicly available in such manner as the Minister thinks appropriate.
It is the duty of any person or agency involved in the administration of, or having functions under, this Part to comply with any applicable guidelines.