Reforms to the ASA Data Retention Schedule: Insights for schools on records management

Knowing what records to keep, how to keep them and for how long, is a tricky business for schools to master.  With a raft of legislation, such as the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), dictating how to handle/protect certain types of information and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommendations saying there should be a freeze on the disposal of documents relating to child sexual abuse, knowing what to do with school records is becoming more complex for schools.

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August 31: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Adelaide school bans students from ordering UberEATS 9 News reported about an Adelaide school banning students from ordering lunches using UberEATS app.  The school issued a warning to parents, warning them of significant safety risks for their children to leave school grounds and have contact with adults that have not had proper screening. Private schools […]

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The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission – Reporting processes for non-government schools in 2017

The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) has recently announced its new 2017 Reporting Requirements for all registered charities. The requirement to report annually applies to all non-government schools that are registered with the ACNC as a charity.  As most schools would be aware by now, failure to provide an Annual Information Statement (AIS) to the ACNC leads to removal of the organisation’s charitable status and subsequent removal of tax concessions, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, as well as the huge reputational damage of being named as a transgressor.

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August 24: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Students studied incorrect maths HSC syllabus for seven months ABC News reported about how students at a school in regional NSW were taught the incorrect HSC Math syllabus for seven months, leaving them only two months to prepare for this year’s HSC exams.  Students and their parents were reportedly distressed after being told they would have […]

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Royal Commission recommends overhaul of the criminal justice system: How will your school be affected?

To commence the week beginning 14 August 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published its final recommendations on criminal justice in Australia, following years of research, round-tables, hearings and consultations examining issues in the criminal justice system in relation to institutional child sexual abuse.

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Boarding Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions about balancing risk management and student care

Just as education has progressed immensely, so too have boarding houses and the facilities associated with them. However, while there has been an ongoing trend of schools trying to improve their approach to safety and child protection, boarding schools have been identified as being among the highest risk of any educational environment in terms of their cumulative risk of child sexual abuse.

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