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School life

Everyone is entitled to equal access to education, regardless of their race, disability, sexuality or other factors that the law says are irrelevant.

Equality applies in:

  • getting a place at a school
  • entry to different courses and opportunities a school offers
  • school related activities like school excursions, sports or social events
  • the way you are treated while at school.

Whoever runs the school - the Department for Education or a school council - is responsible to ensure equal access for everyone. The law also applies at higher levels of education e.g. at TAFE or uni.

Equal opportunity applies to public life, not private life. For example, gossiping about someone’s sexuality happens in your private life, so it’s not against the law. On the other hand, a teacher treating a student unfairly because of their sexuality is against the law because it happens in public life - at school.

In this section find out more about discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment and what to do about issues at school.