I am writing to you to give you an update on the information we have collected so far in regard to the decision of the state government to cease funding the Get Set for Work program. As December is around the corner you might like to make representations to your local LNP members as well as the Minister for Education Training and Employment and Premier in regard to this matter.
The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 places a statutory obligation on parents to ensure that their children participate in earning or learning activities when they are in the compulsory participation phase of their education. It also places a statutory obligation on young people to participate in earning or learning when they are in the compulsory participation phase. The Act has provisions for parents and young people to be fined if they do not comply with the legislation.
The Act also places an obligation on the state government to ensure that ‘employment skills development programs’ are provided. The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 is complimented by the Vocational Education Training and Employment Act, which states in Section 106 C that the Chief Executive of the Department of Education Training and Employment must ensure that ‘employment skills development plans’ are available to meet the diverse needs of the young people in the compulsory participation phase and that they are accessible to these young people.