School Students on School Boards – Can they vote on the principal’s employment?

According to a recent article in The Age, from 2018 Victorian government school students will have a say in hiring principals and approving school budgets as part of a shake-up that will see them appointed to government high school councils with full voting rights. The Victorian Education Minister, James Merlino said “Young people should have a say in the […]

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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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Whistleblowing Protection: Report shows schools need to improve

The release of a significant report Strength of Organisational Whistleblowing Process – Analysis From Australia (the Report) based on research by Griffith University’s Professor A J Brown is a reminder to schools of the importance of having a whistleblower policy and how it can enhance a school’s culture once implemented.  Nathan Luker, General Manager of  Your […]

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Incident reporting in schools: What to do when the Australian Standard is not useful?

It is pretty obvious that collecting information about injuries and near misses is important to ensuring the future health and safety of students and staff. However, what kind of information and how much information is required to make reasonable decisions about how to prevent injuries in the future? Some employers have turned to the Australian Standards […]

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How to help your school’s Board / Council better understand your five or ten year forecast

Author – Colette Pretorius Associate Director – Audit and Assurance, Moore Stephens School budget preparation time can be an intense and stressful time for Business Managers and School Boards or Councils (Governing Bodies). The end of December always seems so far away until the September school holidays are here, and budget deadlines suddenly become more […]

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NSW introduces new governance requirements for non-government schools

The Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) has updated its Registered and Accredited Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual, via an official notice. Most of the changes to the registration manual are cosmetic and involve updates to references to legislation. One of the changes that caught our eye however was standard 3.9.3 which provides […]

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Whistleblower Policy – Why Your School Needs One (Part 1)

Author Vincent Quattropani, Managing Director, Your-Call Disclosure Management Services This is the first in a two part article which explains why having a whistleblower policy is recommended for schools and how it can enhance a school’s culture once implemented. It’s easy for schools to relegate the issue of having and implementing a whistleblower program to […]

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4 Tips to Manage Workplace Behaviour – A Principal’s Guide

We recently reported that the Education Sector has the second-highest rate of stress claims. Stress in schools may come from many places, but some of the avoidable sources of stress are the issues that may arise from the behaviour of colleagues.  For example; bullying. We have partnered with Workplace Behaviour Consulting group LS Partners to detail in […]

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