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Latest Royal Commission report: Is your culture encouraging abuse?

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recently released its newest research report which investigates the manner in which an organisation’s culture may contribute to the institutionalisation and promotion of child sexual abuse. The report entitled “The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts” was produced by […]


A Year in Review: Our most read articles of 2016

Some would argue that the legal and regulatory expectations placed upon schools – and the education system generally – are greater than ever before. Workplace health and safety (WHS) and child protection requirements round out the already complex and expansive world of duty of care obligations. As School Governance looks back over its most popular articles […]


December 15: School Governance weekly news wrap

AUSTRALIA VCE 2016: The wait is over as thousands of students receive results The Age wrote on the official release of ATAR results for VCE students, which came five days after a technical glitch caused many students to see their results early. The top rank was achieved by 35 students, and female students had a stronger overall […]


Proposed new Victorian laws: Does your school take reasonable precautions to prevent abuse?

Under new laws recently introduced to the Victorian Parliament, child abuse victims will have a greater ability to bring compensation claims against organisations. First tabled on November 22, the proposed laws will reverse the legal onus and create a presumption of liability, such that organisations including schools, will need to establish that they took “reasonable precautions” to prevent […]


December 8: School Governance weekly news wrap

AUSTRALIA  Daraprim drug’s key ingredient recreated by high school students in Sydney for just $20 ABC News reported on the achievements of students from Sydney Grammar, who successfully created active ingredients of an expensive US drug in their school laboratory. In August 2015, the price of Daraprim, a drug used to treat parasitic infection in pregnant women […]


Don’t jump at shadows – back your culture

Author: Dr Alec O’Connell, Headmaster of Scotch College, Western Australia. I recently presented to a group of CEOs of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) regarding the challenges facing schools in the current economic environment. While one may be tempted to articulate some highbrow intellectual discourse on economics and cost controls, I simply spoke about reinforcing the culture that […]