An Illawarra mum has been convicted and fined $500 for failing to make her four children go to school in the first half of 2017.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with four counts of failing to cause a child to attend school relating to two primary school students and two secondary students.
She had been due to front Wollongong Local Court on Thursday but did not show, prompting Magistrate Michael Stoddart to convict her in her absence.
Documents tendered to the court reveal repeated attempts by the Department of Education to contact the children’s mother in late 2016 due to the poor attendance of the kids at school during fourth term last year.
Authorities moved to have the mother charged in May this year after the children’s attendance had not improved in the first term of the 2017 school year.
Records reveal the worst offender was the oldest child, a teenager, who only attended three days of school out of a possible 50.
Another teen had 34 days off without explanation, while the two youngest children had 30 whole or part days off each during the same period.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart described the matter as serious but noted it was a fine-only offence.