Information Sharing and Schools: Part 3 – Royal Commission Recommendations for Information Sharing and Child Safe Organisations

This is the third and final article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to a school’s systems. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection and how schools can gain a stronger understanding of their obligations.

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Education and Care Services National Law changes commence

On 1 October 2017, changes to the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law) and Regulations (National Regulations) came into effect. The amendments were made after federal and state and territory Education Ministers agreed to changes to the National Quality Standard (NQS) at the last Council of Australian Governments (COAG). These changes are intended to strengthen quality in early childhood education and care while at the same time, reducing red tape for the sector. All schools need to be aware of the commencement dates of the changes and how they affect their early learning policies and procedures.

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October 26: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Schools, universities, hospitals not up to scratch, finds damning productivity report The Sydney Morning Herald wrote about how the Productivity Commission said that schools, universities, hospitals and other services and infrastructure are not up to standard.  A five year program, requested by Treasurer Scott Morrison, is designed to jump start productivity in Australia, which the Productivity […]

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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 2 – Teacher Obligations with Child Protection

This is the second article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection and how schools can gain a stronger understanding of their obligations.

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False invoices and poor procurement: Corruption in Vic Department of Education

In September 2017, the Independent Board-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) released their Working with Integrity: The Department of Education and Training’s second report to the Independent Board-based Anti-corruption Commission (the Report). The Report made a series of recommendations based on the findings of two operations investigating corruption within the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) and government schools.

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New program for child sexual abuse evidence in NSW Courts

A pilot program for child sexual abuse victim evidence has been rolled out in Newcastle and Sydney Downing Centre courts.  The trial reached its halfway point this month with the delivery of a UNSW report Evaluation of the Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot (the Evaluative Report). The program is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on shielding victims of child sexual abuse from their attackers while they are giving evidence, lessening the usually traumatic process of a court case.

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October 19: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA NSW students told to write letters to convicted paedophile The Daily Telegraph reported about a Catholic school teacher in a NSW country town telling her class to write letters and draw pictures for a convicted paedophile in jail.  The school immediately sacked the teacher after they were alerted by prison staff.  The NSW Catholic Education Commission […]

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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 1 – Balancing privacy obligations: how schools can ensure that ‘sharing is caring’

This is the first article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection, and how schools can gain a stronger understanding of their obligations.

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