How do you deal with parents who will not pay school fees?

This is an issue that nearly every non-government school will face or experience and, in light of the recent economic downturn in some states and territories, it has become a common reality. Families, due to a plethora of unfortunate circumstances, including bereavements, redundancies and family separations can fall upon harsh financial times and they may […]

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New Tasmanian Education Act and Registration System: The (Tassie) Devil is in the detail

In what is becoming quite the theme on School Governance recently, another jurisdiction has overhauled its framework for school registration. The Education Act 2016 (Tas) (the Act) commenced on 10 July 2017, replacing the previous Education Act 1994 (Tas) and completely restructures Tasmanian education law, in particular the registration of non-government schools. The new Education Regulations […]

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NESA updates registration: Schools need to be aware of new requirements

In an era of continual legal and regulatory overhaul, the compliance burden on the school system is burgeoning, with no sign of slowing down or giving schools an opportunity to catch their breath! In keeping with our recent theme of school registration, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has announced additional amendments to the Registered and Accredited […]

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July 20: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA How schools are tracking students using their mobile phones The Age reported about Australian schools tracking what students do on their mobile phones.  This is to ensure that students are protected from pornography, predators and other online dangers.  Some schools are even enabling the monitoring technology to notify teachers, parents, and welfare staff when students access concerning […]

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SA Registration Standards come into effect: What will this mean for schools?

The first half of 2017 has been marked by multiple ongoing overhauls to school registration systems. So far this year, the Western Australian Standards for Non-Government Schools took effect, key changes to the NSW School Registration Manuals and TAA Guidelines were introduced, and on 25 June the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) took effect, amending the minimum […]

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Teachers and alcohol abuse: lessons from NZ

A New Zealand teacher has been suspended for two years after being caught smelling of alcohol at school.  Although the incident occurred across the Tasman, the lessons from this case are definitely a helpful reminder for Australian schools and teachers. Mr C and the Teacher Disciplinary Tribunal Mr C was suspended for misconduct after a […]

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Child Protection Overhaul: another piece of SA’s new child protection framework finalised 

A few months ago, School Governance reported on the introduction of the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017 (the Bill) into the South Australian Parliament. After nearly four months of intense debate in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, the oft-criticised Bill passed the Legislative Assembly in the early hours of […]

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July 13: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Regulator gives OK to Grade 4 teacher who was sacked after telling incest tales The Age reported about a grade four teacher who told students inappropriate stories after the Victorian Institute of Teaching allowed him to keep his registration.  The ruling contradicts the Victorian Department of Education’s decision to bar the teacher from the government school […]

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Reportable Conduct Round-Up:  Vic and ACT schemes commence, Qld likely to follow

Less than a week ago, substantial amendments to the child protection systems in Victoria and the ACT commenced. From Saturday 1 July, a range of entities – including government and non-government schools – must ensure that they have additional policies and procedures in place for reporting, responding to and investigating various allegations of misconduct in […]

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School fights and teacher assaults: Round 1 goes to …

Scarily, teacher assaults are a growing trend around Australia.  Media reports highlight an ever increasing rate of teachers being assaulted or suffering injuries sustained during the course of their work.  Is it any wonder why teachers have one of the largest attrition rates of any profession in Australia? Recently the Herald Sun reported that a Victorian high […]

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