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National Standards

National Standards

3541809

The total number of full-time students in Australia in 2011

National Standards

National Standards

BOARDING STANDARD PUBLISHED

The Australian Boarding Standard was published on 23 July, 2015, and is published through the affiliate of Standards Australia, SAI Global.

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With over 95% of Australian boarding schools as members, ABSA was uniquely well positioned to draw upon the expertise necessary to determine appropriate boarding standards for Australian schools.

It is a measure of maturity in a profession when it is able to determine the standards it wishes to endorse, rather than having those standards imposed by external agencies. That said, it needs to be acknowledged that there already exist mandated standards for boarding schools in many states and territories. The ABSA standards are NOT designed to replace any boarding standards required by Federal or State law. The Australia Boarding Standard is an industry-based standard rather than a legally mandated standard.

What the Australian Boarding Standard offers is an evaluative instrument that brings together the best state and territory school boarding standards found throughout Australia. It also adds best practice from boarding schools overseas. Most importantly, the Australian Boarding Standard represents the collective wisdom from a large number of experienced boarding staff and administrators. The result is that the Australian Boarding Standard has great integrity. In essence, it represents standards determined by the boarding profession for the boarding profession.

In an industry wearied by regulation and reporting requirements, the visiting of yet more standards on a school is unlikely to be welcomed. The concept of standards can be unsettling. The very word reeks of stern governance, intrusive measurement and punitive measures. However, ABSA does not resile from mandating the Australian Boarding Standard. The professionalism of the Australian school boarding industry rests on uniformly high standards of residential care.

The Australian Boarding Standard is also relevant to boarding hostels that service school-aged children. Boarding hostels cater for about one out of 13 boarders of school age within Australia.


Reasons for National Boarding Standard

  • Legally required boarding standards in Australian schools vary considerably from State to State and between States and Territories. Some commonality of standards is now sensible in a country where mobility between States and Territories is increasing and the Federalisation of education is growing.
  • Putting national boarding standards in place affords an opportunity to harvest best practice in boarding standards from all States and Territories, and from overseas.
  • Several other countries, such as Great Britain, have national boarding standards. Experience in these countries suggests that national boarding standards are useful in promoting universal high standards throughout the school boarding community.
  • With ABSA having written Duty of Care, the main training course for boarding staff in Australia, there is now the necessity to link this personal training with school implementation.
3541809

The total number of full-time students in Australia in 2011

ABSA - Australian Boarding Schools Association