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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1164..


Schools-clean-up day

(Question No 108)

Ms Dundas asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 6 March 2002:

In relation to Friday schools clean up day:

(1) Why were public schools unable to take part in 'Friday Schools Clean Up Day' as part of the Clean Up Australia Day events.

(2) What specific advice on public liability was received by the Department of Education which led to the halting of 'Friday Schools Clean Up Day'.

(3) Will the Minister table this advice in the Legislative Assembly and if not, why not.

(4) What specific advice was provided to public school principals by the Department which led to the halting of 'Friday Schools Clean Up Day'.

(5) Will the Minister table this advice in the Legislative Assembly and if not, why not.

(6) Will government schools be able to participate in 'Friday Schools Clean Up Day' as part of the Clean Up Australia Day events in the coming years.

(7) Are there any government school syllabus requirements to educate children on the impact of litter on the environment.

(8) How many non-government schools participated in the 'Friday Schools Clean Up Day' as part of the Clean Up Australia Day events.

(9) Will non-government schools be able to participate in 'Friday Schools Clean Up Day' as part of the Clean Up Australia Day events in the coming years.

(10) Are government school students able to pick up papers and litter on other school days.

Mr Corbell: The answer to Ms Dundas' question is:

(1) Departmental policy and practice requires that school environments are areas which should be kept neat and tidy at all times.

Schools have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to students from risks of injury that can be reasonably foreseen and should ensure that any litter collection is undertaken with consideration to risk management principles.

Information from Clean Up Australia Day, "School Supervisor Responsibilities", draws attention to the potential dangers of the activity by providing information about harmful objects such as syringes and sharp objects and about safety and first aid procedures.


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