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4  Exemption process — Students employed or seeking employment during school hours in the entertainment industry

This section describes the stages in managing an attendance exemption for students employed or seeking employment during school hours in the entertainment industry (Ministerial Order 714) and who is responsible for each stage.

  1. Parent or carer Approach the school in writing.
  2. Principal — Consults the parents/carers and student about:
  3. Parent or carer:
  4. Employer — If the student is under 15 years of age, an Application for Child Employment Permit form (which requires principal endorsement) needs to be completed 
  5. Principal — To grant an exemption, the Principal must:
    • determine that the student meets the requirements for exemption
    • assess whether the exemption would adversely affect the student’s education, taking into account: 
      • the short and long term benefits to the student;
      • the student’s educational needs, attitudes and employment prospects; and
      • the views of the student’s family 
    • consider if there are possible alternate arrangements to exemption; and
    • if the exemption is from both enrolment and attendance at school, complete the Transition from School form (formerly the School Exit form).
      A copy of the decision to grant an exemption must be provided in writing to the student, and the relevant Regional Director, or, in relation to the decision of a Principal of a Catholic school, the Diocesan Director, Catholic Education Office within 7 days of the exemption being granted.

      Note: Where a principal assesses that the proposed employment will adversely affect the student’s education the application should not be endorsed.

      If the Principal refuses to grant an exemption, a notice of the decision of the Principal must be provided to the relevant Regional Director or Diocesan Director, within 7 days of the exemption being refused.

      A decision to refuse an exemption is subject to review and final determination by the relevant Regional Director or Diocesan Director, within 14 days of receipt of notice of the decision by the Principal.
Guidance chapter outlining the exemption process for students employed or seeking employment during school hours in the entertainment industry

Reviewed 06 December 2020

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