First NFP national risk assessment finds fraud and theft of resources in schools

On 28 August 2017 the Federal Government released the first national risk assessment for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. AUSTRAC’s Australia’s non-profit organisation sector: money laundering and terrorism financing risk assessment (the Report) focused on fraud and theft especially in NFP organisations involved in providing services like education. The Report is a reminder that schools and NFP organisations generally require the same fraud and […]

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New ESOS Code has been released

Previously in School Governance, we have reported and extensively monitored the status of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (ESOS National Code).  Over the last seven months, the National Code has been in a constant state of flux during consultation processes, the repeal of the National Code 2007 […]

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New Queensland non-state school accreditation legislation receives assent

The non-state schooling sector in Queensland educates approximately one-third of Queensland’s school students (approximately 266,000 students) through 504 schools. Non-state schools must be accredited to operate under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001 (Qld) (the 2001 Act).  In May, School Governance reported on the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Bill 2017 (Qld) (the Bill) and […]

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September 21: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Boarding school fee hike for country parents as Royalties for Regions subsidy axed ABC News wrote about how WA parents in country regional areas will have to find more money for boarding school fees next year after the WA Government axed the Royalties for Regions subsidy which help regional families with education costs.  The Isolated Children’s […]

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I Love a SunSmart Country

Dear Dorothea, We really love the poem you have submitted to be an iconic representation of Australia’s rugged landscape but we were wondering if you might be open to a few small suggested updates? I love a sunburnt SunSmart country, Where everyone wears hats And applies their sunscreen, With shady spots for chats. I love […]

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Health and Safety Month and OHS updates in Victoria

On 5 October 2017, Health and Safety Month commences across Australia.  As a part of Health and Safety Month, WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork Australia will be hosting events on WHS/OHS topics. Schools and other workplaces are also encouraged to host their own events to inform their workplace about WHS/OHS requirements and improvements.  In the lead-up to this national event, schools […]

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Principles for Child-Safe Organisations finalised by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian

In May 2017 School Governance reported on the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardians (OCG) releasing a consultation draft set of guidelines and principles for creating child-safe organisations.  Last week, the OCG released the final Principles for Child-Safe Organisations (Principles) to guide organisations who provide services for children, such as schools, on how to foster child-safe organisations in NSW.  […]

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September 14: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Concern for vulnerable children as proportion of male teachers drops According to The Age, men are becoming a token presence in schools.  In 2016, fewer than one in five primary school teachers were men and if the current rate of decline continues male teachers will be extinct by 2050.  There are no definitive reasons as […]

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‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ – Do your students consider that your boarding community is a safe place?

This is National Child Protection Week – ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’.  This week, NAPCAN want to emphasise the value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well. This article examines the role of boarding schools as a ‘community’ and how boarding schools are legally required to create child safe environments in those communities, […]

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The end of the Royal Commission draws near: Are schools ready for its final recommendations?

Child protection is an ever-evolving and expanding web of laws, legislation, standards and guidelines. Some jurisdictions like Victoria have seen more legal upheaval than others, while others such as South Australia have seen state Royal Commissions which have prompted legal change.  What all jurisdictions have in common is that they have forged their own paths, […]

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