On the fourth day of the Townsville hearing of the Royal Commission, evidence focused on the Queensland state school system, the policies that support it, and how those policies are implemented. The topic of resourcing featured throughout the day.
Counsel Assisting led the questioning of the sole witness, Deborah Dunstone, Assistant Director General of Disability and Inclusion at the Queensland Department of Education.
The morning session centred on a number of Departmental policies and supporting material—including those on inclusive education. Ms Dunstone was questioned about how a parent of a student would become aware of, navigate and understand these documents. Evidence also included recommendations from a 2016 government-commissioned report by Deloitte, and how these recommendations had been implemented. The report found disparity between policy and practice regarding the inclusion of students.