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What if the other parent wants to send the children to school and I don’t?


As a first step, and only if it is safe to do so, try to communicate with the other parent to let them know your concerns and try to come up with a practical solution. Each parent should always consider the safety and best interests of the child, but also appreciate the concerns of the other parent when attempting to reach agreement. Options may include negotiating a partial return to school, agreeing on a future return date or agreeing to follow state government advice (see below).  

The Family Relationships Advice Line can provide information, advice and telephone-based Family Dispute Resolution services to assist parents and carers to discuss any issues that arise and help them come to an agreement. The Family Relationships Advice Line can be contacted on 1800 050 321 or visit the website.  

Federal and state governments agree on the importance of education and have been committed to ensuring children continue to have access to learning during this COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions and information about school attendance in each state have been changing regularly as governments respond to the ongoing needs of education whilst minimising the spread of COVID-19.  

For the latest information about education in your state visit the relevant state site as per links below.

What is consistent is that all schools must adopt the recommended health advice aimed at minimising the risk and spread of COVID-19.  Precautions include ensuring good hygiene and access to sanitiser, adhering to physical distancing, and having policies in place to identify and respond to any COVID-19 cases.  Full details can be found here


If you or your children are feeling unsafe or experiencing domestic or family violence, you can access information, counselling and support through 1800RESPECT website or call 1800 737 732. 1800RESPECT are open 24 hours a day during COVID-19. 

If you believe you are in immediate danger please contact the Police in your State on 000.

Are you in a crisis?

  • If you are in immediate danger 

    call 000

  • 1800RESPECT - 24/7 domestic and family violence service:
    1800 737 732
  • Lifeline - 24/7 crisis support:
    13 11 14
  • MensLine - 24/7 telephone and online counselling for men:
    1300 78 99 78