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Question Without Notice No. 1493 asked in the Legislative Council on 29 November 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 29 November 2019

SCHOOLS — CHILD PROTECTION

1493. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer to an article published in The West Australian

Hon Sue Ellery interjected.

Hon NICK GOIRAN: For the minister's benefit, it is C1509.

I refer to an article published in The West Australian of 13 November 2019 entitled ''Two-year student sex ban'', which refers to interstate measures aimed at preventing teachers from grooming students for sexual relationships post-graduation. What measures does the department have in place to prevent such grooming and abuse?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

The article the member refers to was published in The Australian, not The West Australian. All employees of the department are required to comply with the department's code of conduct. A range of disciplinary sanctions are available to the director general for breaches of the code of conduct, including dismissal from employment. The standards and integrity directorate liaises closely with the Western Australia Police Force and the Department of Communities' working with children screening unit concerning child welfare–related matters. The Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia provides advice about relationships with former students. The department's standards and integrity directorate will investigate any allegation that an employee has misused his or her position to form a personal relationship with a student, including students who are no longer enrolled.