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Queensland College of Teachers v Verwey

 

[2016] QCAT 272

CITATION:

Queensland College of Teachers v Verwey [2016] QCAT 272

PARTIES:

Queensland College of Teachers

(Applicant)

 

v

 

Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey

(Respondent)

APPLICATION NUMBER:

OCR073-16

MATTER TYPE:

Occupational regulation matters

HEARING DATE:

On the papers

HEARD AT:

Brisbane

DECISION OF:

Senior Member O’Callaghan

DELIVERED ON:

21 July 2016

DELIVERED AT:

Brisbane

ORDERS MADE:

  1. The suspension of the registration of Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey as a teacher is continued.

CATCHWORDS:

Occupational regulation – suspension of teacher – whether exceptional case – whether suspension should continue

Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (Qld), s 48, s 53, s 54, s 55

APPEARANCES:

This matter was heard and determined on the papers pursuant to s 32 of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (Qld) (QCAT Act).

REASONS FOR DECISION

  1. [1]
    Queensland College of Teachers suspended Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey’s teachers registration on 25 May 2016 pursuant to s 48 of the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (Qld) (‘QCT’) on the grounds that he had been charged with:
    1. one count of indecent treatment of child under 16 pursuant to s 210(1)(a) of the Queensland Criminal Code; and
    2. two counts of common assault pursuant to s 335 of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  2. [2]
    In accordance with s 50(5) the QCT has referred the continuation of the suspension to QCAT for review. QCAT must decide whether to continue the suspension or whether it is an exceptional case in which the best interests of children will not be harmed if the suspension were ended.[1]
  3. [3]
    Directions were made by QCAT inviting Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey to file submissions as to why this is an exceptional case for ending the suspension of his teachers registration.  No submissions have been received from Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey.
  4. [4]
    As such there is no evidence before the Tribunal that this is an exceptional case for ending the suspension of the registration of Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey as a teacher.  I am not satisfied that it is an exceptional case in which the bests interests of children would not be harmed if the suspension were to be ended before the criminal charges had been finalised.
  5. [5]
    As such I order that teacher Christopher Jan Andrew Verwey’s teacher registration suspension continue. 

Footnotes

[1] Section 53(1) and (3) of the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (Qld).

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Editorial Notes

  • Published Case Name:

    Queensland College of Teachers v Verwey

  • Shortened Case Name:

    Queensland College of Teachers v Verwey

  • MNC:

    [2016] QCAT 272

  • Court:

    QCAT

  • Judge(s):

    Senior Member O'Callaghan

  • Date:

    21 Jul 2016

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