States

NSW

New South Wales Students Report Declining Academic and Pastoral Support From Parents and Teachers Across Their Schooling

New research published by the NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation concludes that students overall feel that support from their parents and teachers progressively declines for the majority of their schooling, suggesting that a new approach to student engagement needs to be taken by both parents and schools.

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Culture of Continuous Compliance: Principal Continuing to Run Alternative Schools Despite NESA Report

A recent case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has again brought non-government school registration to the forefront of discussion. Eagle Arts & Vocational College has three campuses across NSW. It has been deemed non-compliant with non-government school registration requirements by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and has had its school registration cancelled. For all non-government schools, the facts of the case serve as an illlustration of the importance of a continuing culture of school compliance.

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Queensland

Cyber Bullying in Schools Costs Teachers $85 Million in Lost Productivity

After the tragic suicide of Amy “Dolly” Everett at the start of January this year as a result of cyber bullying, the states and territories in Australia have reinforced the message from COAG that bullying on any medium has no place in Australia, and can be especially harmful to children and young people.

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Armani, Socks and Shoe Heels – Why School Uniforms Continue to Attract Debate

Every year as children prepare themselves for their year at school, the issue of school uniforms rears its ugly head. Recently, debate has shifted from altering school uniform policies to accommodate student comfort. How strictly a school applies its policy and whether or not a school should have a uniform at all, are now issues for debate.

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Western Australia

Education Department Crackdown on Holidaying Students: What Will This Mean for Schools?

The Western Australian Department of Education has publicly criticised parents who take their children out of school to go on family holidays, reinforcing an increased stringency in attendance requirements across Australia for parents and by extension schools.

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WA Registration Guidelines Update: Focus on Child Protection, Governance and Staff

On 4 April 2018, the Department of Education in Western Australia released the updated Guide to the Registration Standards and Other Requirements for Non-Government Schools (the Guide). The requirements of the Guide will have effect from 1 July 2018, meaning that all non-government schools, not just those due for renewal of registration this year, need to be compliant with the requirements of the Guide.

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Victoria

Final State Responds to the Royal Commission: Victoria Provides Official Response and Hints at Further Reform

With Victoria recently issuing its official response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report, all jurisdictions have now responded to the Final Report recommendations, and schools can expect ongoing injurisdictional consultation as child protection reforms progress.

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Victorian Commission for Children and Young People Updates Child Safe Organisation Guide to Reflect Royal Commission

Last week the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) released a new version of the Guide for Creating a Child Safe Organisation. The Guide has been updated to reflect learnings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and provides increased guidance for organisations in implementing the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

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South Australia

New laws on bullying: Schools under increased pressure to do more

Even if you subscribe to the controversial school of thought that bullying is an ‘inevitable’ interaction, that it is ‘part of growing up’ and ‘builds character’, it is uncontested that being bullied, particularly at a young age, can have very serious consequences for a child’s wellbeing, development and overall mental health. It is hence little […]

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South Australia’s revolutionary approach to child abuse and forced marriage

As reported in the news, a Melbourne man is set to be the first person convicted under Federal forced marriage laws despite the practice being criminalised in 2013. Because the laws make it extremely difficult to get a conviction (as they generally rely on victims testifying), South Australia has taken an unprecedented step of introducing a […]

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Tasmania

2017: The year of registration change: Is it time for national reform?

With just over a week to go until the curtain falls on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), schools around Australia will likely remember 2017 as the year of child protection debate – marked by public criticism of organisations including schools, for their handling of allegations of child abuse […]

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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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Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government Responds to the Royal Commission and Commits to Ongoing Amendments

The ACT Government is one of the latest to provide its official response to the Royal Commission, committing to addressing each of its recommendations and to work with the community to develop a culture of child safety in the ACT.

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Registration Authorities Under Scrutiny: What Do They Expect and How Does This Impact Schools?

To be registered and maintain registration, schools are required to continuously comply with certain regulatory requirements, which vary by jurisdiction, school sector and school type. School registration authorities differ in how they manage school registration and their expected evidence of compliance, but they may collectively be taking on a more active role in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

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Northern Territory

Registration Authorities Under Scrutiny: What Do They Expect and How Does This Impact Schools?

To be registered and maintain registration, schools are required to continuously comply with certain regulatory requirements, which vary by jurisdiction, school sector and school type. School registration authorities differ in how they manage school registration and their expected evidence of compliance, but they may collectively be taking on a more active role in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

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2017: The year of registration change: Is it time for national reform?

With just over a week to go until the curtain falls on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), schools around Australia will likely remember 2017 as the year of child protection debate – marked by public criticism of organisations including schools, for their handling of allegations of child abuse […]

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New Zealand

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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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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