Southern Cross School of Distance Education

Providing quality distance education since 1995

Parents, carers and the community

As a parent, carer or supervisor, you're an important part of our school community. We offer a range of services to support.

Counselling for families

The school counsellor can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact us to make an appointment. For information in community languages, see school counselling service.

Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.

  • Lifeline – 24-hour telephone counselling service. 13 11 14.
  • Mensline Australia – 24-hour telephone counselling service for men. 1300 789 978.
  • Parent line – 24-hour advice and information service. 1300 1300 52.

Interpreting and translations

We will help you communicate with our school. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let us know and we will arrange one, if available.

If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.

For more information, listen in your language.

Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.

Parent organisations

Southern Cross doesn't have a P&C association at the moment. However, the department has a parents and carers section on their website to provide information and resources to help parents and carers.

The Isolated Children's Parents Association (ICPA) support equity of access to education for all students who live in rural and remote Australia. Visit the ICPA to learn more.

Financial assistance for isolated students

For information about financial assistance for isolated students, visit Assistance for isolated children.