The Education (Hostels) Regulations 2005: Guidelines
All hostels that fit the definition of ‘hostel’ in the Education and Training Act and the regulations, and their owners, must comply with the regulations.
The definition covers a wide range of boarding establishments – for example:
- residential specialist schools
- health camps
- hostels operated by state and state integrated schools,
- private hostels serving groups of international students attending registered schools.
It does not, however, cover private boarding where a homeowner provides accommodation to less than five students. Nor does it cover boarding when students attending a registered school are not the main group of people being accommodated.
These guidelines provide further explanation and should be read in association with the regulations. The headings correlate to the relevant parts and requirements of the regulations to make it easy to read the two together.