What’s in a watch: How a school board’s gift giving practices can result in misuse of funding

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has released its Charity Compliance Report 2017 (the Report) with surprising results for schools registered as not-for-profits or charities. In particular, the Report draws attention to gift giving practices and how these may breach good governance obligations.

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Addressing liability for institutional child abuse: WA responds to Royal Commission recommendations

The Western Australian (WA) Government has joined other jurisdictions around Australia and debated proposed legislation to remove the limitation periods on the bringing of actions by victims of child sexual abuse in institutions. This action by WA is a response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

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March 29 School Governance Weekly Wrap

  AUSTRALIA Prime Minister urges churches to join national redress scheme in child sex abuse letter The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tried to pressure the major churches into circumventing the states and immediately joining the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse. Mr Turnbull urged institutions including the Catholic […]

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NSW Proposes New WWCC Changes to Complement Existing Child Safe Principles

Reforms to the Working with Children Check system in NSW have been proposed, and further amendments are expected later this year in connection with the voluntary Principles for Child-Safe Organisations. This impetus for child protection reform in NSW will clearly have an ongoing impact on schools.

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School Boards: Accountability, Governance and the School Community

Recently there have been several high profile cases involving non-government school boards and principals coming under fire from school communities and attracting media attention. With every school’s reputation a key priority, these incidents raise important questions about school board governance duties and accountability to stakeholders, the school board’s relationship with the principal and reputation management.

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March 22: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Opera singer pleads guilty to historic child sex offences The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that a former longstanding member of the nation’s principal opera company, Opera Australia, has pleaded guilty to historic child sex offences involving a 14-year-old girl. Revealed last November (2017), the offences occurred in the mid-1990s, when the then 14-year-old girl was […]

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VIC School Registration on the Radar: VRQA Seeking Public Opinion about Evidence Requirements

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is reviewing the evidence requirements all schools (both government and non-government) produce as part of their review and/or registration and asking the public, schools and education providers for feedback on how relevant the evidence is to proving their compliance with the Minimum Standards. This is a national first; an education authority asking for feedback on education registration requirements.

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