A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure that children are not disadvantaged by parents who do not place appropriate importance on education by implementing a range of measures to combat chronic truancy in our schools.
We need to ensure that parents take responsibility for their children’s education and, while it is unfortunate that some parents require the threat of legal action to make them do the right thing, we owe it to their children to take decisive action.
Children who are chronically truant have lower education outcomes and are more likely to be vulnerable or at risk.
School truancy has also been identified by child protection inquiries, including the Nyland Royal Commission, as an important indicator that a child may be at risk.
Currently in South Australia, parents who allow their children to be chronically truant can be fined up to $500. However, very few parents, if any, are ever prosecuted. This means there is no legal incentive for lax parents to abide by the law and ensure their children get to school.
By ensuring our children are in school, we will see stronger school communities and better educated children.
That’s why we will undertake comprehensive reform to address truancy.