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    Posted: 20/January/2012 at 16:45
Can someone please tell me if it is law not policy but law that ineed to produce a birth certificate for my son so that he can start prep in qld. I have put my daughter through various school for eight years without needing one.

It is mine and my husbands decision not to get htem birth certificates until they are 16.

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It's illegal not to register your child's birth within a certain time frame (6 weeks?). Registering a child's birth results in a certificate being issued. Hence, by law - you should have a certificate. I don't know though whether it is law, regulation or policy but both WA and QLD (see http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/ece/enrolments.html and http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/about/enrolling.html DOE's seem to require evidence of residence and/or age for PUBLIC schools).
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  Quote GarthF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/January/2012 at 16:00
Presumably you have registered the birth. If not, you have committed an offence.

Anyway, Qld legislation requires that an application for enrolment be accompanied by:
(i)satisfactory evidence that the applicant is eligible to apply for the enrolment; and
(ii) any other documents, identified in the form, the principal reasonably requires to decide the application.

The application may only be made by—
"(a) if the prospective student is a child—a parent of the
child; ... "

Thus, you might not specifically have to submit a birth certificate, but it would generally be the easiest way to go. Maybe you could establish his age by submitting bone X-rays (although this method is under a bit of a cloud since its accuracy was found to be inadequate in deciding (in a recent criminal case) whether a people-smuggler was a child.

Here's an idea: You could simply not send your son to school, but inform the authorities that this is what you have done. As primary education is compulsory, it will then be the government's job to ensure he goes to school. (Of course, this will run the risk that the child will be removed from your care.)

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22/January/2012 at 22:22
You can use homeschooling, or a cooperative private school (Closed Brethren for example) to keep them off the grid for awhile. Unfortunately our government does not like future tax payers, cannon fodder etc to be unaccounted for.
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