In NSW, all children between the ages of 6 and 17 must receive schooling. After completion of Year 10 a young person has alternative options to school if they have not reached the age of 17 years. These include full-time participation in one of the following:
Parents have a duty to ensure that their child is enrolled in, and attends, a government or registered non-government school or is registered for and receives appropriate home schooling.
Where a child’s school attendance is not satisfactory the Secretary of the Department of Education and Communities may apply to the Children's Court for an order that:
The Children's Court may require a parent and/or a child to attend a conference with other relevant persons to:
Failure to comply with a compulsory schooling order is an offence.
For more information, see these brochures about compulsory schooling: