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D. Policy, information, planning

Legislative background: Section 77 of the Act specifies the ongoing policy requirements for approved authorities, supported by regulations 41 to 60. Section 77(2)(f) and regulations 46 to 60 deal specifically with the requirements to provide information.

Part 7 of the Act, comprising sections 97 to 106, explains the requirements for approved authorities relating to implementation plans. 

Approved authorities have a number of ongoing policy requirements.

The last of these requirements concerns the provision of information, including information relating to a school’s census, national data collection, school improvement plans, student reports to parents and information about a school that is made available to the public.

Approved authorities for more than one school must also have an implementation plan.  This requirement commences on 1 January 2016 or such a later date as specified by the Minister by legislative instrument made before 1 January 2016. (Section 9(2) of the Australian Education (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013)