Culture is an Ephemeral Concept – So Should Board Members be Responsible for a Bad Culture?

At a recent University of Sydney presentation the question for debate was: “‘Are directors liable for seriously flawed corporate cultures?” While the discussion at the presentation was mainly addressing directors of large public Australian and international organisations such as banks, the concepts discussed are still relevant for boards of all types of organisations, including school boards. This article discusses some of the key concepts raised and what school boards can do to ensure good culture permeates all aspects of their school.

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Northern Territory to Spend Five Years Overhauling Child Protection and Youth Justice Systems

The Northern Territory Government has announced a historic reform package to deliver the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. A Generational Strategy for Children and Families will be implemented over the next five years, promising a protracted period of reform which schools will need to continuously monitor.

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April 26: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Gymnastics Australia appoints first child safety co-ordinator According to The Australian, Gymnastics Australia has appointed its first child safety co-ordinator, based in Victoria to overseas Gymnastics Victoria and Gymnastics Australia, Ms Phoebe Pownall. Ms Pownall said part of her job would be to educate clubs, coaches, parents and gymnasts about what constituted abuse in a […]

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New VIC Child Information Sharing Laws Passed – Do they really protect children?

The Victorian Parliament’s recent passing of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (Information Sharing Act), which primarily amends the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) has prompted divisive reactions. While the Information Sharing Act purports to ”promote the wellbeing and safety of children” through the establishment of an information sharing scheme amongst specified entities, there are concerns that the effect of the legislation will actually be negative on children, not positive.

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April 19: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Schools report big rise in school cyberbullying According to the West Australian, reports of school students suffering from cyberbullying have surged in the past year. Ahead of a meeting of education ministers in Adelaide last week, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner released figures that show it has received 265 complaints of cyberbullying from children […]

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WA Registration Guidelines Update: Focus on Child Protection, Governance and Staff

On 4 April 2018, the Department of Education in Western Australia released the updated Guide to the Registration Standards and Other Requirements for Non-Government Schools (the Guide). The requirements of the Guide will have effect from 1 July 2018, meaning that all non-government schools, not just those due for renewal of registration this year, need to be compliant with the requirements of the Guide.

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