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Three strikes for Camp Australia

And they're out, after allowing a child with Down Syndrome to depart unnoticed.


EXCLUSIVE: Serial-offending Camp Australia – which runs 400 care centres for 50,000 children nationwide – has been fined $30,000 after allowing a child with Down Syndrome to leave its Cloverdale centre unnoticed.

A post on the Department of Local Government and Community Services website reports that child, 7, who cannot talk, was allowed to leave Camp Australia’s outside school hours care centre at Cloverdale Primary School on October 27.

Camp Australia has been fined $20,000 for allowing the child to leave the centre alone, unsupervised and unnoticed.

The company has also been fined $10,000 for failing to notify the department within the prescribed time of the child leaving the service alone and unsupervised.

The fines are the third penalty for Camp Australia in Western Australia, with last year revealing the company was fined $8000 after failing to report in a timely fashion the disappearance of a boy who, unsupervised, walked 1.4 kilometres home across busy Perth roads.

In 2012, revealed Camp Australia had been fined $52,500 for inadequately supervising minors at seven schools in Perth’s western, southern and northern suburbs.

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