Legal changes to university residential colleges: How they relate to schools

On 22 November the NSW Government introduced proposed statutory changes in the form of the Saint John’s College Bill 2017 (NSW) (the Bill).  The Bill seeks to replace the Saint John’s College Act 1857 (NSW) which established a Roman Catholic residential college of the same name at the University of Sydney. Although the Bill relates to a university residential […]

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QLD schools must have detailed Complaints Handling Program by 2018

Queensland non-State schools have seen significant changes to their accreditation requirements in 2017. The new Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017 (the Act) and Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) take effect on 1 January 2018 and non-state schools must be conscious of their new obligations. Crucially, the new Regulation 7 […]

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Clubs and associations for children – do they comply with child protection laws and principles?

Recently in the news, an Opera Australia singer was charged with historic child sex offences in NSW and a Scouts leader was charged with serious child sex offences in QLD.  These incidents occurred in organisations with responsibilities to ensure the safety of the young people who participate in singing and Scouts activities. Like our previous article on ADF Cadets nationally, these […]

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November 30: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Teachers offered extra pay to take on more students The West Australian reported about how WA’s only selective school is offering teachers up to $500 cash in exchange for taking extra students above maximum class-size thresholds, causing anger among the teacher’s union.  Teachers can negotiate compensation for accepting larger classes above the limit of 32 […]

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Student duty of care obligations: Where does a teacher’s duty end?

Recently in the news was the case of a child found unresponsive in their mother’s car in Victoria, after the mother assumed she had dropped the child off at their primary school.  In light of this incident, it seems right for teachers to question where their duty of care obligations to their students end. And with schools […]

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Review of mandatory reporting laws in NSW prompts wider discussion

A new discussion paper released by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in NSW, Shaping a better child protection system (the Discussion Paper) is a reminder to schools about the importance of mandatory reporting regarding child safety incidents. Background to the Discussion Paper The Discussion Paper was released by the NSW Government on 20 October […]

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Systemic failures in child protection and youth justice: NT Royal Commission releases its final report

With less than a month to go until the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), the Northern Territory has given us a teaser of what could be expected from the Royal Commission’s Recommendations. On 17 November, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children […]

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November 23: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Perth boy’s family call for day care pool ban after drowning death ABC News reported about a family of a two-year-old boy who tragically drowned at a Perth family day care centre who want pools to be banned at day care centres across Western Australia. A coronial inquest is investigating how the boy came to […]

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Falling tree branch injures two in Victoria: a reminder to schools about Tree Management

A falling tree branch has injured two people on the grounds of a school at Bendigo North, in central Victoria when the branch came down on the school’s basketball court. It serves as a timely reminder for schools of the importance of an effective tree management policy, including regular inspections and recommendations from an accredited arborist. Trees […]

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Transgender Teachers: A teacher is a teacher. Does gender really matter?

In response to this question, the answer is probably ‘yes’ in some circumstances but ‘no’ in most circumstances. ‘Transgender’ is used as an umbrella term to refer to a person whose gender identity is different to the physical sex assigned to them at birth (definition taken from this Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission Guideline). […]

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