Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin (pictured) has welcomed a new National Code which gives boarding students and their families greater certainty in planning any travel arrangements between school and home.
National Cabinet has endorsed the National Code for Boarding School Students this week, with an aim to support their COVID-safe travel needs.
Mr Pasin said states and territories now have a list of guiding principles to develop a consistent approach to help students and their families travel across intrastate and interstate borders.
“Everyone has had to contend with a lot of uncertainty due COVID-19 lockdowns... but these travel restrictions have left some students effectively stranded with no means of being able to return to their families, adding to the pressure and uncertainty they’ve been experiencing.” Mr Pasin said.
“This decision recognises the unique circumstances of boarding school students, their families and of boarding schools and their staff.”
There are approximately 23,000 boarding school students throughout Australia. Normally, about 1,600 students around Australia would be crossing a state or territory border to return home from their boarding school.
Photo of Tony Pasin MP, supplied by his office