This procedure refers to cases where a child or young person cannot attend, or it would be unreasonable under the circumstances for them to attend school or participate in an eligible option for a period of more than 10 consecutive school days. The official process for applying for an exemption from compulsory schooling and compulsory participation phase are outlined. This exemption excuses parents from their normal legal obligation to ensure that their child or young person attends school or participates in a full-time eligible option.
There are specific circumstances in which a parent of a child who is of compulsory school age is automatically relieved of their legal obligations and an exemption is not required. These include: Commonwealth law activities, school suspension and direction in relation to infactious or contagious disease. Parents of a child or young person in the compulsory participation phase are automatically relieved of their legal obligations and an exemption is not required where the young person is: suspended from school, directed in relation to infectious or contagious disease, engaged in full-time work (25 hours per week or more), or undertaking activities under Commonwealth law.
Once the student or their parent has been notified of the outcome of their request for an exemption, they have the right to request a review of their application.
If there is a change in circumstances and the grounds for exemption no longer apply to the child, or a condition of the exemption has been contravened, cancellation of an exemption from compulsory schooling may occur.
A parent may submit an application for exemption from compulsory schooling for their child. Either a parent or a young person may apply for an exemption from the compulsory participation phase, however all applications for exemption must include signed consent of a parent.