COAG Focus on Child Protection, Early Childhood Education and Cyber Bullying in First Meeting for 2018

The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) first meeting for 2018 focused on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, discussing national child safe standards in child protection, early childhood education and protection of children from cyber bullying.

Read More...

Changes to ACT Child Protection: Reportable Conduct Scheme and New Grooming Offences

Prior to the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) in December 2017, November was a flurry of regulatory activity in the Australian Capital Territory, with various changes to the Territory’s child protection system proposed and introduced. As other jurisdictions prepare themselves for responding to the Royal Commission’s Final Report, and the extent to which they will be taking the final recommendations into account, the ACT is under the spotlight as we consider the effectiveness of its attempts to pioneer reforms and expand its child protection system.

Read More...

February 15: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Alleged Melbourne sex offender accused of faking mental illness to avoid extradition from Israel ABC News reported about Israeli Police re-arresting a former Melbourne principal of an ultra-orthodox Jewish school who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, after allegedly faking a mental illness in order to avoid extradition back to […]

Read More...

New WWCC Scheme in SA gets closer to taking effect

The release of the draft Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2018 indicates that a new SA Working with Children Checks scheme is close to being finalised. The Draft Regulations outline exclusions for prohibited persons, prescribed positions, child related work and employer obligations in regards to the new scheme.

Read More...

A New School Year – A New Approach to Discipline?

At the start of a new school year schools may be confronted by students who have forgotten school rules and remain in ‘holiday mode’. While detentions, suspensions and expulsions are all necessary by-products of students’ misbehaviour, imposing a discipline policy is often a source of angst for all involved and affected. Common across all jurisdictions is the need for procedural fairness in the imposition of a form of discipline and the importance of encouraging positive student behaviour.

Read More...

February 8: School Governance Weekly School Wrap

AUSTRALIA School funding: Catholics say non-government schools receiving almost $750m from taxpayers According to ABC News, the Federal Government is giving an extra $747 million per year to the country’s elite non-government schools based on the Government’s needs-based testing.  The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria has released a report which analysed an array of published data […]

Read More...

Royal Commission recommendations: Where to from here?

After five years, the handling of 42,041 calls, sorting through 25,964 letters and emails, holding 8,013 private sessions, referring 2,575 cases to authorities, and 57 public hearings, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) published its Final Report on 15 December 2017.  The Final Report comprises 17 volumes and is over 7,700 […]

Read More...

Mandatory Notifiable Data Breaches take effect 22 Feb: Are you prepared?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the privacy obligations of all non-government schools who are governed by the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). Personal Information and […]

Read More...