All NSW public schools will need to meet the same registration requirements as non-government schools from 2015.
The Department of Education and Communities (DEC) will provide an online tool for principals to provide compliance evidence. A draft Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) registration manual for government schools will be prepared for consultation.
NSW public schools are already required to meet the policy directions and requirements set by DEC that cover a similar range of operational aspects related to school staffing, student wellbeing and the curriculum. DEC will remain responsible for ensuring that NSW public schools meet registration and accreditation requirements.
School registration requirements under the Education Act constitute a minimum standard for establishing a school in NSW. In order to establish a government school under the Act, the Education Minister must be satisfied that the school will comply with similar requirements to those required for the registration of non-government schools. There is currently no independent process for verifying compliance with these minimum standards in government schools.
Currently the minimum requirements for operating a school in NSW relate to:
- teaching staff experience and qualifications and the associated quality of teaching
- adequacy of educational facilities
- satisfactory premises and buildings
- safe and supportive environment for students
- discipline of students
- school curriculum and the associated record of achievement of students
- school annual reporting
- the good character of the responsible persons of the school
- school governance.