Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill

The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill was introduced on 14 October 2019. It amends the Education Act 1989 and enables the Minister of Education to issue a code of practice for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary students.

Currently there is no consistent approach to the welfare and pastoral care of domestic tertiary students. Recent events, including the death of a student in a hall of residence, have highlighted the limits of the current systems and processes in place for tertiary student welfare.

This Bill proposes to address the regulatory gap that exists for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary education students to ensure that these students live in a safe environment and have a positive experience that supports their educational achievement.

The Bill:

  • enables an interim code to be put in place for the 2020 academic year
  • brings together a new regulatory regime for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary students with the existing regime for the pastoral care of international students
  • sets out arrangements relating to code administration, monitoring, compliance and enforcement, offences and penalties, and dispute resolution.

Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill (external link)

It is proposed that an interim code for domestic tertiary students will come into force if the Bill passes in time for the start of the 2020 academic year. During the 2020 year, it is proposed that the Government will consult on the development of a more comprehensive and permanent Code which would take effect from 2021.

The Bill has been referred to the Education and Workforce Committee. Submissions closed on 1 November.

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