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 […]

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Cultural shock: how schools can help overseas students to speak up and adapt to education in Australia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary, Frances Adamson, has encouraged Chinese students at Australian universities to speak up if they hear something they disagree with, if they wish to gain an “authentic Australian education”.  Ms Adamson said in a speech she delivered to the Confucius Institute annual lecture at the University of Adelaide, that “silencing […]

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New laws on bullying: Schools under increased pressure to do more

Even if you subscribe to the controversial school of thought that bullying is an ‘inevitable’ interaction, that it is ‘part of growing up’ and ‘builds character’, it is uncontested that being bullied, particularly at a young age, can have very serious consequences for a child’s wellbeing, development and overall mental health. It is hence little […]

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October 12: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA NSW school abuse claims a concern News.com.au reported about the NSW Premier vowing to leave no stone unturned to protect children with disabilities after the NSW Department of Education revealed it received 246 allegations of abuse by school staff over the past two years. Of the 246 allegations made between November 2015 and April 2017, […]

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Federal report recommends standardising Australia’s fragmented and inconsistent whistleblowing legislation

A new report from the Commonwealth Parliament on Whistleblowing Protections (the Report), recommends that whistleblower protections across public and private sectors should be standardised.  This recommendation affects all government and non-government organisations including schools.  The recommendation also comes after other recent reports which show that the education sector needs to improve its approach to whistleblowing practices and encourage people […]

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Tragic student death prompts Senate inquiry into the adequacy of cyber bullying laws

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (the Committee) is holding a public inquiry into the effectiveness of existing cyber bullying laws. The Committee is currently accepting submissions from the public on its terms of reference until 13 October 2017 and will report its findings by 29 November 2017. Why is there an inquiry? The Committee […]

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WorkSafe Month: is your school ensuring the health and safety of staff?

This month is WorkSafe Health and Safety month. States and territories are regularly updating legislation, regulation and guidance on work health and safety (WHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) matters which apply to schools.  But it is important to remember that sometimes, simple messages work best.  For example, did you know that in 2012–13, work-related injury […]

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October 5: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA NSW scheme shields children from attackers News.com.au reported about how a NSW pilot program is being praised by researchers for shielding child victims from their attackers as they give evidence in abuse cases.  The $28 million program proposes to protect traumatised young victims and witnesses of sexual assault in court by allowing them to pre-record […]

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