Education law can have a profound impact on students’ lives.
It can also have unintended consequences.
For example, it can force some students to take on debt for tertiary education that they otherwise would not have.
In Australia, there are two main types of education law: statutory and constitutional.
Statutory education laws are based on federal and state legislation.
Constitutional education laws allow state and territory governments to set their own rules and make their own laws.
The Federal Government makes these laws, while the states, territories and Australian Capital Territory administer them.
In some states, teachers are required to attend mandatory sessions or conferences in order to meet statutory requirements.
While teachers can be required to go on mandatory sessions, some states also allow teachers to opt out of compulsory attendance.
Some education authorities and organisations, such as the Australian National University, have argued that mandatory mandatory attendance is inconsistent with the teaching profession’s traditional ethos.
The Australian Education Union says mandatory mandatory mandatory attending is “dangerous” for teachers and students.
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) says compulsory mandatory attending “can be counterproductive to the education of students and teachers in both the primary and secondary education system”.
It says the system is “not working for teachers, students or families”.