Listening Devices and Surveillance: The Fine Line Between Student Safety and Teacher Privacy

A recent case in the United States of a mother secretly recording her child’s teacher through a tape recorder on the child’s backpack raises questions of how similar listening devices would be governed under surveillance laws in Australia. To provide a safe and secure environment for students, it may be necessary at times to record conversations, however it is essential that schools understand the compliance and privacy obligations associated with this risk.

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Student Consent: Part 2 – Permission Forms, Medical Treatment and Privacy: What can students agree to?

Informed consent is a core component of the school experience, and schools need to have a strong understanding of consent laws and students in order to consider whether students have the capacity to make agreements.

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