Privacy Statement Enrolling in an ACT Public School

Ensuring your privacy is protected

Chapter 2 of the Education Act 2004 (ACT) provides for compulsory education. The ACT Education Directorate (the Directorate) collects information on this form to enable it to effectively manage enrolment in ACT public schools. This information is stored securely.
The Directorate is subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Health records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 (ACT) and the Territory Records Act 2002 (ACT).
The Directorate provides this enrolment information (on request) to other government agencies authorised to receive it including:

  • Commonwealth Department of Families Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Centrelink
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

The information will also be used or disclosed for the following purposes:

  • Student administration relating to the education and welfare of the student
  • Communication with students, parents or carers
  • To ensure the health, safety and welfare of students, staff and visitors to the school
  • Provision and management of IT services
  • ACT and national reporting purposes.
  • For any other purpose required by law or authorised under privacy legislation.

Other information is collected during schooling to support and record your child’s progress and achievements.
Note: You may access or correct any personal information by contacting the school. If you have any concerns about the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, you should contact the school.

The Directorate’s policy on Access to Student records is available from the Policies section of the Directorate website, https://www.education.act.gov.au/.

Questions about your occupation and education help us to meet the National Goals for Schooling for the 21st Century.

To help us to achieve the goal that ‘the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students [should] improve and, over time, match those of other students ’, we require information about family background. The main purpose of collecting this information is to promote an education system which is fair for all Australian students regardless of their background.
The four groups listed in this form are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify occupations.

Internet Access and Email

Students are provided with an Internet and email account to enable them to access learning opportunities in a secure environment. Students must abide by the Acceptable Use of Information Technology policy when using Directorate Internet and email services.

Photographs at school

Occasionally, photographs are taken of individual students and classes of students at school. If you do not wish your child to be photographed under any circumstances, please specify this by checking the box in this form.

Student Data Transfer

The Directorate seeks your approval to collect information from your child’s previous school(s). This approval will enable the new school to access information about your child’s prior school experience and assist in their positive adjustment to the new school. Please complete the check box at the end of this form to indicate that you consent to the new school seeking information about your child’s prior schooling.

When you come to complete enrolment, please bring these documents with you:

  • Proof of student’s residential address (eg original copies of lease, electricity accounts, statutory declaration etc)
  • Birth certificate or identity documents
  • Copies of any family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable)
  • Immunisation history statement (only required for students enrolling in primary schools for the first time).

In addition, if your child is a permanent resident but not an Australian citizen, you will need to provide:

  • Passport or travel documents
  • Current visa and previous visas (if applicable).

In addition, if your child is a temporary visa holder you will also need to contact the International Education Unit and submit all required documentation. You may be required to pay international student tuition fees for your child. Further information is available from the School Education section of the Directorate website, https://www.education.act.gov.au/.

ACT Education Directorate
GPO Box 158 CANBERRA ACT 2601
https://www.education.act.gov.au/
Phone: 6207 5111 or
Canberra Connect: 13 22 81
(international callers: +61 6207 5111)

Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code 2002 (ACT).