States

NSW

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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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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Queensland

Latest Royal Commission Report on Child Sexual Abuse Risk: Is your school a high risk institution?

On 19 June 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) released its latest research report considering why child sexual abuse occurs in institutions, entitled Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of child sexual abuse in institutions (the Report).  The research project was carried out by Professors Patrick Parkinson and […]

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Stranger danger: Recent worrying trend in attempted child abduction

Recently, on two separate occasions, two school girls were almost abducted.  These two incidents serve as a timely reminder for schools to brief staff, parents and students about the dangers of child abduction and how to recognise and avoid an abduction. The attempted abductions An all girls’ school in Melbourne’s south has warned students to travel […]

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Western Australia

Stranger danger: Recent worrying trend in attempted child abduction

Recently, on two separate occasions, two school girls were almost abducted.  These two incidents serve as a timely reminder for schools to brief staff, parents and students about the dangers of child abduction and how to recognise and avoid an abduction. The attempted abductions An all girls’ school in Melbourne’s south has warned students to travel […]

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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

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 Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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Victoria

New registration requirements for Victorian schools: Changes reflect NSW governance requirements

The Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) (Reform Regulations) will commence on 25 June 2017 (this Sunday). The Reform Regulations amend the existing Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic) (2007 Regulations) which support the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)(the Act). The Act lists the minimum standards that schools must satisfy in […]

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Revenge on image-based abuse: Will schools be caught in the crossfire?

One month on from Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), information privacy and technology-facilitated issues remain an ongoing community concern. While image-based abuse – or ‘revenge p*rn’ in media parlance – may not appear to impact on the activities of schools, the issue has been a live one for both the government and non-government systems.  In late […]

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South Australia

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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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

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 Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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Tasmania

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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New Tasmanian child protection guidance and referral service

On 6 June 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Strong Families, Safe Kids Project Team released the Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework (CYW Framework) and the final model for the Children’s Advice and Referral Alliance (CARA).  This is part of the response to the 29 recommendations made in the Redesign of the […]

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Australian Capital Territory

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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Revenge on image-based abuse: Will schools be caught in the crossfire?

One month on from Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), information privacy and technology-facilitated issues remain an ongoing community concern. While image-based abuse – or ‘revenge p*rn’ in media parlance – may not appear to impact on the activities of schools, the issue has been a live one for both the government and non-government systems.  In late […]

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Northern Territory

New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

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 Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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NT police ordered to carry guns in schools

Northern Territory police youth engagement officers have been ordered to carry their guns and capsicum spray when they visit school classrooms and playgrounds, according to the NT News. Aside from angering parents and teachers, the paper said the directive breached NT Department of Education policy. However, the department is yet to say whether it could […]

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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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