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(1) The Department of Education and Training has guidelines for standards of dress for students which are published in the School Management Manual 2001, section 5.124.

(2) & (3) These guidelines are available from the department website.

(4) The principal is responsible for ensuring that students are appropriately dressed when at school and when doing school sporting activities

(5) While there have at times been discussions between school principals and schools about the promotion of appropriate dress standards including school dress code, I am unaware of written formal complaints to schools about poor dress standards in (a) 2002-2003 or (b) 2003-2004 to date.

(6) Should a complaint be received, it would be actioned according to the department's Complaints Resolution Policy.

Teachers-dress standards

(Question No 1546)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) Does the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services have guidelines for dress standards for teachers;

(2) If so, what are these guidelines and/or standards;

(3) If not, whose responsibility is it to ensure that teachers are appropriately dressed when teaching students;

(4) Have there been any complaints to schools, the Department or the Minister about teachers' dress standards in (a) 2002-2003 and (b) 2003-2004 to date;

(5) If so, how many complaints were there and what action has been taken as a result of these complaints being made.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The Department of Education and Training does not have guidelines for dress standards for teachers in ACT Government schools.

(2) This is covered in part (1) above.

(3) The principal is responsible to ensure teachers are appropriately dressed when teaching students.

(4) (a) I am unaware of any complaints made to schools, the department or my office about teachers' dress standards in 2002-2003.

(b) I am unaware of any complaints made to schools, the department or my office about teachers' dress standards in 2003-2004 to date.


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