Registration of private schools

Heading: inserted, on 21 December 2010, by section 11 of the Education Amendment Act (No 3) 2010 (2010 No 134).

35A Provisional and full registration of private schools

(1)

The managers of an unregistered or proposed private school must apply to the Secretary, on a form provided by the Secretary for the purpose, for its provisional registration as a primary, secondary, or special private school, or as a school of 2 or all of those descriptions.

(2)

The Secretary must provisionally register a school in respect of which an application is made under subsection (1) as a school of the description or descriptions concerned if he or she is satisfied that the school or proposed school meets or is likely to meet the criteria for registration as a private school.

(3)

Provisional registration of a school or proposed school continues—

(a)

for 12 months (unless it is revoked earlier); or

(b)

until the expiry of any period specified by the Secretary under subsection (4).

(4)

The Secretary may renew the provisional registration of a school only once, for a period specified by the Secretary, if he or she is satisfied that—

(a)

exceptional circumstances exist in relation to the school; and

(b)

the school is likely to meet the criteria for registration as a private school in that period.

(5)

The Secretary may request a further review, in addition to the review under section 35I(2), of a school that has its provisional registration renewed under subsection (4).

(6)

The Secretary must fully register a school as a school of the description or descriptions concerned if he or she is satisfied, having considered any report under section 35I(4) in relation to a review under section 35I(2) or (3) (as the case may be), that a provisionally registered school meets the criteria for registration as a private school.

Section 35A: replaced, on 21 December 2010, by section 11 of the Education Amendment Act (No 3) 2010 (2010 No 134).