Air-conditioning and cocktail parties: How a school board’s dismissal of a board member was ruled invalid

The Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) recently set aside the decision of a school board to terminate the membership of one of its board members. Despite being a state tribunal decision resolved on its own facts, schools should be aware of the Tribunial’s findings on the requirements of procedural fairness in a school […]

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Royal Commission Report critical of inconsistent school registration requirements in Australia

Recently, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shifted its inquiries away from the non-government sector to government authorities.  The Royal Commission has published an extensive research report that examines the strengths and weaknesses of existing regulatory and oversight bodies in protecting children from sexual abuse: Oversight and regulatory mechanisms aimed at protecting […]

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New Zealand develops new national Code and Standards for Teachers: Is Australia next?

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Council) is calling for submissions on a draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession, entitled ‘Our Code, Our Standards,’ which is intended to reflect what it means to “be a teacher” in New Zealand. The new Code and Standards are to be implemented and […]

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April 20: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Meet Mabel Force — the military-style school program drilling kids in discipline ABC News reported about an experimental program at a Queensland high school, where they use military style tactics to teach students life skills.  The students are put through physical and emotional exercises to learn military procedures.  They do teamwork drills, dress in uniform and […]

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New Victorian law: Schools to prove they took precautions to prevent abuse

The Victorian Government has passed an amendment to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic) (Wrongs Act) that reverses the onus of proof so that if faced with a negligence action, all child-related organisations will need to prove they took reasonable precautions to prevent abuse. The Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Act 2016 (Vic) (the Act) was passed in late March […]

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April 13: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA ‘Brotherly’ bond or grooming? Historic case challenges new grooming law The Age reported a case which challenges the new grooming laws in Victoria.  The case involves a teacher who took a disruptive student under his wing.  The teacher reportedly struck a deal with the child, that if the child did not get suspended, then he would […]

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Remunerating your School Board members – is it a valid proposition?

Schools are generally either incorporated associations via legislation within their own state or territory, indigenous corporations or they are companies limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act (2001) (Cth). Regardless of how they have been structured, three common factors that all schools generally share are that they: are not for profit (if they want to receive Commonwealth funding as […]

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More Changes to NSW Registration Manuals: new information on financial viability compliance

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has been extremely busy in Term One and has recently released its second update to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (the Manuals) in four months.  In January 2017, School Governance published an article outlining the changes NESA made to the Manuals in […]

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