Former Teacher on Bail for Grooming Runs Children’s Sport Tournament

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has identified that many employers fail to correctly verify working with children check details for new and existing workers. This compliance gap may have caused a tennis association to be unaware that a person released on bail for child abuse offences was conducting children’s tournaments, putting sports organisations on notice of the need to uphold child-safe environments and promote a child safe culture.

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Effectively Managing Risk for Overseas Students

Overseas Students are governed by the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the National Code). Compliance with the 2018 National Code, which took effect on 1 January 2018, is mandatory for all schools that provide education to overseas students as part of their CRICOS registration requirements. This article outlines the most important risks that arise when your school provides education for overseas students under the National Code, and information on how to manage them.

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Drone Laws Under CASA’s Microscope: Will Schools Be Affected?

Drones have endless uses in classroom learning and as part of extra-curricular activities, but present a significant compliance problem due to the various laws they interact with. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has released a report into its review of drone operation and aviation safety, which will likely cause further regulations in this area. Schools will need to be aware of the changes ahead regarding drone compliance.

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May 30: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Philip Wilson to step down as Archbishop of Adelaide after conviction, but refuses to resign In a follow up to last week’s Weekly Wrap, ABC News has reported that Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson, who is facing up to two years in jail for covering up child sexual abuse, says he will stand aside from his […]

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Mudslides, Saws and Metal Slippery Dips: Should Schools Bring Risk Back into the Playground?

Studies show that risk-taking is key to a child’s development, which has caused a growing global movement seeking to introduce controlled risks into the playtime of children. But with the ever-present risk aversion when it comes to child injuries, and the growing compliance burden placed on educators, Australian schools may feel they are not in a position to introduce ‘risky playgrounds’.

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Students Sending Nudes: The Tension Between Online Offences, A Teacher’s Legal Duties and Reasonableness

Online offences are a challenging everyday issue for most teachers around Australia. In particular, sexting (or sending nudes, as it is more commonly referred to by students) has become an increasing problem as society normalises the practice while the law criminalises it in most circumstances for children. This creates a tension, forcing schools and teachers to navigate a fine line between complying with the law, upholding their duty of care and wanting to be reasonable in reporting an offence involving their students.

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New Draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations – Supporting the Child Information Sharing Scheme

New draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations (the Regulations) have been released to support the establishment of the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme. The new CIS Scheme responds to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission), and supports the operation of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (the Act).

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May 24: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Need for alternative sentencing for child neglect in NSW According to the Illawarra Mercury, NSW has the weakest child neglect penalties in Australia, and, according to a University of Wollongong legal academic, NSW is the only jurisdiction in the country where these offences carried a fine-only penalty. In Queensland, South Australia, the ACT and Northern […]

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