Falling tree branch injures two in Victoria: a reminder to schools about Tree Management

A falling tree branch has injured two people on the grounds of a school at Bendigo North, in central Victoria when the branch came down on the school’s basketball court. It serves as a timely reminder for schools of the importance of an effective tree management policy, including regular inspections and recommendations from an accredited arborist. Trees […]

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Tragic events lead to industrial manslaughter laws in Queensland

In October 2016, the Queensland Government declared an independent Best Practice Review of Work Health and Safety in Queensland to assess the State’s work health and safety laws.  This was in response to the deaths of four visitors to Dreamworld and two deaths of workers at Eagle Farm Racecourse redevelopment.  These tragic accidents highlighted the need […]

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Parent Complaints – the move from the car park to social media

School car parks were always a convenient place for parents to congregate and ‘chat’ either before school or, more often than not, at the end of the school day, whilst they waited to collect their children. They still are. Principals and school staff used to be concerned about the ‘car park gossip’ that took place […]

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UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report signals role change for teachers worldwide

The 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report (the GEM Report) was recently released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The GEM Report aims to inform education and aid policy through the analysis of challenges facing countries globally. While the primary audience of the GEM Report usually consists of decision-makers such as ministers, policymakers, parliamentarians and […]

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The ten commandments of good governance

Due to the constant pace of legal and regulatory reform at state, territory and federal levels in Australia (which shows no sign of abating!) schools can be forgiven for remembering 2017 as the year of legal compliance. The often confusing statutory drafting by different parliaments causes headaches not only for lawyers but for other organisations […]

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Education and Care Services National Law changes commence

On 1 October 2017, changes to the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law) and Regulations (National Regulations) came into effect. The amendments were made after federal and state and territory Education Ministers agreed to changes to the National Quality Standard (NQS) at the last Council of Australian Governments (COAG). These changes are intended to strengthen […]

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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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Victoria amends Crimes Act sexual offence laws: What schools should know

On 1 July 2017, the Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences) Act 2016 (Vic) (the Amending Act) takes effect to strengthen existing sexual offence laws to better protect children from abuse. The Act was passed in the Victorian Parliament in September 2016 and reforms more than 50 sexual offences in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (Crimes Act). […]

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UK school student dies after anaphylactic shock: Staff only looked at care plans for excursions

A recent media report has revealed that a 14-year-old boy died after suffering from anaphylactic shock in reaction to the milk in his tandoori chicken lunch, provided by his London school while he was in detention. The inquest into his death heard that the teenager had a history of severe asthma and food allergies. The […]

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Two major privacy breaches in Victorian schools: PAW messages more relevant than ever

Just two weeks ago School Governance published three articles for Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) on the topic of trust, transparency and data security. Our most read article was New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools? Australian Privacy Principle (APP) 11 (security of information) is the most relevant consideration […]

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