Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017

47 New section 71A inserted (Off-site locations for schools)

After section 71, insert:

71A Off-site locations for schools


This section applies to the use of off-site locations by schools to provide education to 1 or more students on a long-term or full-time basis.


The Minister may, by written notice to the board of a school, approve the use of an off-site location by the school.


The Minister may issue a notice under subsection (2) only if he or she is satisfied that the board and the owner or occupier of the off-site location have both agreed to that use and the terms of that use.


Except as provided in subsection (2), a school must not—


use an off-site location; or


host an off-site location for another school.


In any case, following notice of approval being given and before any use is made of the off-site location, the board must enter into a written agreement with the Secretary that sets out—


who is responsible for the education provided at the off-site location:


who is responsible for the welfare and safety of the students at that location:


the terms agreed on any other matter the Secretary considers relevant in the particular case.


Off-site location means any premises outside the premises of the school that is to use the off-site location for the purpose described in subsection (1).