The ACT Human Rights Commission received a complaint from a mother, on behalf of two of her sons, about a service for children and young people provided by Brindabella Christian College (BCC). She also complained of victimisation for having made a previous complaint to the Human Rights Commission (HRC). Her complaint was that BCC had made a decision to not allow her two sons to be ‘re-enrolled’ at BCC in 2020. She was informed by the BCC, a fortnight only before the two boys were to recommence school, that this decision was based on the alleged conduct of the parents and had nothing to do with either of her sons’ behaviour or conduct at the school. She also complained that the decision to cancel her sons’ enrolment at BCC was an act of victimisation for having made a previous complaint in September 2019 to the HRC about a service for children and young people provided by BCC.
The ACT Commission has considered the complaint and is of the view that the decision to not allow the two brothers to re-enrol at BCC in 2020 is inconsistent with the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations, and the school did not appropriately provide a service for children and young people.
We have provided a copy of our final report to the complainant, the respondent, the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, and the Minister for Human Rights.
Brindabella Christian College Report (PDF 271KB)