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Review and Appeals Process


Review and Appeal Processes

Where an application for enrolment/transfer or an application for enrolment in a specific school has been unsuccessful, applicants may seek a review of the decision.

Review Process

When an application for enrolment or transfer to a specific school has been unsuccessful, applicants may seek a review of the decision.

Preschool

Applicants seeking a review of a preschool enrolment decision should send an email to the school which declined their application setting out their reasons for requesting the review. Preschool places are strictly limited by legislation. Where a preschool place is not able to be offered at your local school, the school will assist in finding a place. Where a preschool has no capacity due to all available places being accepted, it is unlikely that a review and appeals process will change the decision.

Kindergarten to Year 12

Applicants seeking a review of a K – 12 school enrolment decision should send an email to the school which declined their application. The request should state the case for the review by addressing either or both of the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Consideration of student wellbeing:

  • Legal considerations
  • Social and economic vulnerability
  • Mental health including psychological factors
  • Students that may be considered at-risk for other factors.

Criterion 2: Enrolments to specialist programs

A small number of p-10 schools deliver defined specialist programs. There is a cap on places in these programs for non-PEA students, and a defined and objective selection process. Programs that are universally available across all schools (e.g. Tier Two Continuum of Education, Gifted & Talented Programs, and most languages programs) are not considered specialist programs for the purpose of review and appeal of enrolment decisions.

Applicants should include any documentation or other evidence which supports their case.

The Directorate undertakes to issue a finding in response to the request for appeal by 17 August 2018 (or within ten business days if outside the annual enrolment cycle) of receiving the request for review.

Appeal Process

If the review of the enrolment/transfer decision is not successful at the school, you may appeal the decision through an external review.

The appeal process will be conducted by a nominated School Network Leader and a school principal.

The principal from the school subject to the appeal will be invited to provide information to the panel. The appeal process will consider the grounds expressed in the original enrolment application and any further supporting evidence the appellant has provided.

Requests for appeals should be made in writing to:

Letters of Enrolment Appeal
School Operations
PO Box 158 CANBERRA ACT 2601
Email: SchoolOperations@act.gov.au

Further Actions

If the appellant is not satisfied with the process or outcome they may consider further action through: