Protection of staff and students
Offensive or Threatening Behaviour
A person who behaves in an offensive or threatening manner on prescribed premises is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: $2 500.
Prescribed premises include:
- government or non government schools;
- a preschool (whether a Government preschool or otherwise);
- a children's services centre;
- an approved education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law (South Australia); or
- any other premises prescribed by the Education and Children's Services Regulations 2020 (SA)
A person who either:
- uses abusive, threatening or insulting language to a prescribed person acting in the course of their duties; or
- behaves in an offensive or threatening manner towards a prescribed person acting in the course of their duties, (whether or not the behaviour occurs on premises)
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $2 500.
Students and employees of prescribed premises are exempt. It is a defence for the defendant to prove that they did not know, and could not reasonably have been expected to have known, that a specified person was a prescribed person.
A prescribed person includes:
- a principal of a school or head of an approved learning program;
- a director of a stand-alone preschool or children's services centre; or
- an officer of the teaching service; or
- an employee of the administrative unit of the Public Service that is responsible for assisting a Minister in the administration of this Act; or
- any other person employed at a school, preschool, children's services centre or approved education and care service.
A person who, without reasonable excuse, trespasses on prescribed premises is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: $2 500.
Individuals barred from the premises of government and non-government schools, preschools, and children’s services centre (for up to 3 months) must be served a written barring notice.
A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a barring notice is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: $2 500.
Protection of staff and students : Last Revised: Tue Jul 7th 2020
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