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Education Issues

Parents Victoria feels it is important that we hear your views on the draft legislation of the State Government to enact the current legislation to fine parents $70 who do not have reasonable excuse for their son or daughter being absent from school.

Parents Victoria is yet to see the full details, but it is important to know your reactions, support, questions or concerns you may have and which we can raise with State Government officials going forward - before these powers are passed.

Parents Victoria respects most parents do the right thing, but some parents don't.  The State Government assures us they are targeting the serial offenders who don't care where their children are.   Will this threat to fine make a difference?

Victoria Primary Principals Association (VPA) President, Gabrielle Leigh said the new procedures must be supported by a campaign.

DEECD have had the "It's not OK to say away" campaign for some years - but how does that reach the parents who 'don't care' in the eyes of the Government?

Please share your thoughts with us (email or visit Parents Victoria Facebook).

Further reading "Improving School Attendance" alerts that amendments to the Education Training and Reform Act 2006 are proposed to allow for more effective enforcement of penalties.  Information includes opportunity to make submissions on four exposure drafts.



On February 3, 2013 in Brisbane the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) joined with their colleagues from the Australian Education Union and the Queensland Teachers Union in launching the 2013 Gonski Campaign.

Gonski relaunch media release 2013


Minister Dixon"Dear Parents, 2012 has been another remarkable year for our young Victorians. ............ Thank you to all the parents for your tireless efforts and well done on another fantastic year."

The Hon Martin Dixon, MP

Minister for Education

Read full letter  Minister Dixon letter to Parents

The Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau was established in 2008.  A joint initiative of Australian Council of State Schools Organisation and the Australian Parents Council.  It's purpose is to share promising practice, conduct research and provide practical support and advice to parents, principals, teachers and other education stakeholders.  The Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau is particularly excited to launch this publication - Parental Engagement in learning and schooling : Lessons from research.


Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy recently represented the organisation at a Community Alcohol Action Network (CAAN) Advisory Group Meeting.  If you have issues, questions and/or suggestions on the topic of under-aged drinking, reducing children's risk of alcohol harm, how it should be addressed in health education or curriculum programs, alcohol consumption by adults at school-authorised events, 'secondary supply',  Victorian Government legislation or how best to inform parents and youth in this area - please share your views with us.

Visit the GrogWatch website and the Australian Drug Foundation website

Visit our facebook page to comment or contact the PV office via email.



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