School principals get greater power

Gold Coast state school principals will now be given the increased authority they have been asking for.

Surfers Paradise MP and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said schools can now deal with disruptive behavior faster with less red tape.

“They’ll be able to use their own discretion when handling incidents requiring student discipline, rather than lazy Labor’s ‘one size fits all’ approach that has governed them for the past 20 years,” said Mr Langbroek.


Mr Langbroek said principals could now implement solutions that best fit the unique needs of their own school community.

“These changes will importantly also expand principals’ abilities to discipline a student for actions outside school, including online bullying.”

Saturday detentions are now also on the cards as well as community service interventions to fix behavioural issues.

Short-term suspensions have also been extended from up to five school days to up to 10 school days, and long term suspensions, which can now be between 11 to 20 days.

“This new legislation is aimed at reducing exclusions and suspensions by giving principals a greater scope to find alternatives for individual student situations.”

“It also includes an enhanced commitment to alternative learning centres that provide specialised support to students with complex needs.”

The new legislation is about working with the families of at-risk students to increase opportunities for them through a personalised approach to behaviour management.