New Draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations – Supporting the Child Information Sharing Scheme

New draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations (the Regulations) have been released to support the establishment of the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme. The new CIS Scheme responds to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission), and supports the operation of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (the Act).

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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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NSW Proposes New WWCC Changes to Complement Existing Child Safe Principles

Reforms to the Working with Children Check system in NSW have been proposed, and further amendments are expected later this year in connection with the voluntary Principles for Child-Safe Organisations. This impetus for child protection reform in NSW will clearly have an ongoing impact on schools.

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ACT Enacts New Grooming Offences: What do They Mean for Schools?

The ACT has ushered in 2018 by passing substantial amendments to its child protection legislation, which have now become law. These changes come at a time when incidents of teachers abusing students is increasingly in the news. Some of the changes directly address teacher conduct that breaches the teacher/student duty of care relationship.

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COAG Focus on Child Protection, Early Childhood Education and Cyber Bullying in First Meeting for 2018

The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) first meeting for 2018 focused on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, discussing national child safe standards in child protection, early childhood education and protection of children from cyber bullying.

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Changes to ACT Child Protection: Reportable Conduct Scheme and New Grooming Offences

Prior to the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) in December 2017, November was a flurry of regulatory activity in the Australian Capital Territory, with various changes to the Territory’s child protection system proposed and introduced. As other jurisdictions prepare themselves for responding to the Royal Commission’s Final Report, and the extent to which they will be taking the final recommendations into account, the ACT is under the spotlight as we consider the effectiveness of its attempts to pioneer reforms and expand its child protection system.

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New WWCC Scheme in SA gets closer to taking effect

The release of the draft Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2018 indicates that a new SA Working with Children Checks scheme is close to being finalised. The Draft Regulations outline exclusions for prohibited persons, prescribed positions, child related work and employer obligations in regards to the new scheme.

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