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Process leading to refusal, non-renewal or cancellation of registration

Inspectors consider any documentation provided by the school and observations at an inspection visit in order to form opinions about compliance with the requirements of the Act relating to registration. When it is an Inspector’s judgement that a new or established school has been unable to demonstrate compliance with the requirements, the Inspector will discuss these concerns with the proprietor and principal (or equivalent) and provide an opportunity for the school to provide further evidence of compliance.

If, following consideration of any further evidence of compliance the school provides, the Inspector has formed the judgement that the school does not comply with requirements of the Education Act in relation to registration, the Inspector will prepare a report that includes advice that the application for initial registration or renewal of registration of the school be refused or the registration of the school be cancelled.

If the Inspector advises refusal or cancellation of the registration of the school, the proprietor and principal (or equivalent) of the school will be given written notice detailing those registration requirements with which, in the opinion of the Inspector, the school does not comply. The proprietor and principal (or equivalent) will be given the opportunity to make written comment to the School Registration Committee regarding the Inspector’s advice.

If, following consideration of the Inspector’s report and advice and the comments of the school’s proprietor and principal (or equivalent), the School Registration Committee is satisfied that the requirements of the Education Act in relation to registration are not being complied with, the Committee will notify the proprietor and principal (or equivalent) of the school that it intends to recommend the refusal of the application for initial, or renewal of, registration of the school or to recommend registration be cancelled.

The proprietor and principal (or equivalent) of the school may make an appeal against the recommendation of the School Registration Committee.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, under Section 59 of the Act the Minister may cancel the registration of a non-government school by giving written notice to the proprietor and principal (or equivalent) of the school. If the registration of a school is cancelled or the renewal of registration is refused, parents of students at the school must be notified in writing that the school is not registered and is no longer able to operate.

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