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Shared parenting sometimes leads issues that 'normal' families or single parents don't encounter. - School enrolment forms

Hi All,

The school year has started in NSW and I have to fill in the school enrolment form. The problem is though: How?  I have a 50/50 shared arrangement for the kids with my ex and the kids live with me one week and with her the other.  In the enrolment form (for public schools NSW) from the Department of Education (DEC-NSW)  there are two sections, "Parents/carers with whom the student normally lives" and "Parents/cares" not living with this student normally. So how do I fill this in and being truthful at the same time?

I contacted the DEC and they agreed there is an issue and they will look into it. Apparently it was the first time someone complained about that.  I agree, there would be only a small minority that would have the same problem as I have but I thought there might be other people out there facing the same issue. So please, if you are in the same boat then please contact the DEC (1300 679 332) and asked for the policy department and voice your problem. The more people voice their concern the more likely this will lead to change.

Overall this is a minor issue but nothing will ever change if nobody is doing anything about.

As for now we have decided to copy the page "Parents/carers with whom the student normally lives" and fill it in for me and form my ex.
Have you experienced the similar issues?

PS. I have attached the form if you want to check it out.
Attachment




SPF said
Hi All,


The school year has started in NSW and I have to fill in the school enrolment form. The problem is though: How?  I have a 50/50 shared arrangement for the kids with my ex and the kids live with me one week and with her the other.  In the enrolment form (for public schools NSW) from the Department of Education (DEC-NSW)  there are two sections, "Parents/carers with whom the student normally lives" and "Parents/cares" not living with this student normally. So how do I fill this in and being truthful at the same time?

I contacted the DEC and they agreed there is an issue and they will look into it. Apparently it was the first time someone complained about that.  I agree, there would be only a small minority that would have the same problem as I have but I thought there might be other people out there facing the same issue. So please, if you are in the same boat then please contact the DEC (1300 679 332) and asked for the policy department and voice your problem. The more people voice their concern the more likely this will lead to change.

Overall this is a minor issue but nothing will ever change if nobody is doing anything about.

As for now we have decided to copy the page "Parents/carers with whom the student normally lives" and fill it in for me and form my ex.
Have you experienced the similar issues?

PS. I have attached the form if you want to check it out.
Attachment

In this form there are two sections for lives with parents. I would have thought you would be carer parent 1 and she would be carer parent 2 as they both cover lives with. The department does not differentiate lives with and spends time with in the first two parent sections. So both mean the same.

There is an additional section for guardians or carers where the children do not live with but spend some time with and I didn't read that to cover your situation.  However it is murky and should be clarified I agree. Did you note the section regarding first and second emergency contact. That is usually a major minefield where often one parent excludes the other from those fields.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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