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Inquiry into the management and minimisation of bullying and violence in ACT schools

The Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs invites submissions to its Inquiry into the management and minimisation of bullying and violence in ACT schools.

The matter, and terms of reference, was referred to the Committee by the Legislative Assembly on 4 April 2019. The Committee is required to complete its inquiry and table its final report by 24 October 2019.

The Committee welcomes submissions from stakeholders and the general public. The Committee is particularly interested in hearing from parents, carers and teachers. Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Thursday 16 May 2019.

Submissions that identify individual people or schools party to bullying or violence, cannot be published.

If you intend to make a submission, and would like it to be considered for publishing, please keep the following points in mind:

  • Do not include the name of any schools where bullying or violence have taken place;
  • Do not include the name(s) of individuals, including students or teachers involved in bullying or violence;
  • This applies to both positive and negative experiences. Examples that are appropriate include:
    • “A child was bullied by another student at an ACT public college” instead of “My son Jack Smith was bullied by Tim Tall at Canberra College”.
    • “The teacher didn’t tell me when my child was assaulted by other students at a private primary school” instead of “Ms Smith didn’t tell me when my daughter Lucy Diamond was assaulted by Jane Ford and Tom Burt at St John Vianney Primary School in Weston Creek”.
    • “School leaders acted fast and appropriately when I reported being hit by a student” instead of “The principal, Ms Smith, acted fast and appropriately when I reported being hit by Jack Bean”.

The Committee will also accept submissions in two parts. For example, you could tell the Committee about your personal experience in one part (and this would remain confidential), whilst the second part could focus on systems and policy aspects which may be appropriate for publishing.

The Committee reminds submitters that once a committee receives a submission it becomes the property of the committee and must not be published, or shared, until it is authorised for publication by the Committee. Once received by the committee, the submission is covered by parliamentary privilege. For this reason, committees are very careful about receiving submissions and authorising them for publication.

The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in May 2019 to assist the Inquiry. Please indicate in your written submission if you would like to appear before the Committee. Please be aware that the final witness selection rests with the Committee.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

  • Email: LACommitteeEEYA@parliament.act.gov.au.
  • The Committee Secretary, Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601.

For further information on how to lodge a submission and parliamentary privilege is available at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/Getting-involved.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Committee Secretary, Kate Harkins on (02) 6207 0524 or by email at: LACommitteeEEYA@parliament.act.gov.au.

The Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs shall consider the following matters:

  • the management and minimisation of bullying and violence in government and non-government schools be referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs for inquiry and report;
  • in conducting its inquiry the Committee have regard to:
    • the societal context of bullying and violence as a whole-community issue;
    • the Government’s existing work on responding to students with complex needs and challenging behaviours, and management of occupational violence;
    • the report of the School Education Advisory Committee established by the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development to look at safe and supportive schools; and
    • the petition about “violence in ACT schools” received by the Assembly on 21 March 2019;
    • the potential negative consequences for individual children, their families, staff and schools of being identified in evidence or during hearings and the public attention that could arise from that would likely exacerbate already difficult circumstances;
  • to the extent that evidence or documents related to this inquiry would allow for individual people or schools party to bullying or violence to be identified the Committee take evidence in camera and hold documents on a confidential basis; and
  • the Committee report to the Assembly by 24 October 2019.
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01. Individual PDF (278.5 KB)
02. Individual PDF (401.8 KB)
03. Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch PDF (368.7 KB)
04. Individual PDF (327.5 KB)
05. Individual PDF (289.2 KB)
06. Individual - Not for publication PDF (192.8 KB)
07. Individual PDF (206.0 KB)
08. ACT Principals Association PDF (373.5 KB)
09. ACT Government PDF (3.0 MB)
10. Individual PDF (204.9 KB)
11. Public Advocate and Children and Young People Commissioner PDF (708.2 KB)
12. Individual PDF (653.1 KB)
13. Individual PDF (280.1 KB)
14. Wellbeing EDvantage PDF (422.2 KB)
15. Menslink PDF (390.1 KB)
16. Australian Education Union – ACT Branch PDF (435.8 KB)
17. Association of Independent Schools of the ACT PDF (812.9 KB)
18. Individual PDF (465.3 KB)
19. Discrimination, Health Services, Disability & Community Services Commissioner PDF (382.1 KB)
20. Individual PDF (380.5 KB)
21. Individual PDF (448.0 KB)
22. ACT Council of Social Service PDF (500.4 KB)
23. ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations PDF (468.8 KB)
24. Individual - Not for publication PDF (185.6 KB)
25. Youth Coalition PDF (802.2 KB)
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Correspondence from the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development regarding support options available PDF (257.7 KB)
Media release - Inquiry into the management and minimisation of bullying and violence in ACT schools (9 April 2019) PDF (212.6 KB)

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