Governance of a School: Misuse, Mismanagement and Funding

A recent Ombudsman review of a Victorian public school, based on three protected disclosures, investigated allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and financial mismanagement. The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, also released its final report on the effectiveness of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation, concluding that public expectations of the not-for-profit and charity sector were of transparency, accountability and good governance. What both of these reports have in common is an expectation for schools, as not-for-profit organisations and/or charities, to prioritise good governance and minimise conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest within the management of their school.

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Public Information (Part One): Are Schools Keeping their Communities in the Dark?

This is the first part of a two-part series exploring the kinds of information schools must and should make publicly available. Part One focuses on schools’ key legal obligations in this area, which are expanding due to increased focus on transparency. Part Two will focus on the key issues faced by schools when determining what to publish, and proposes some practical solutions.

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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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School Boards: Accountability, Governance and the School Community

Recently there have been several high profile cases involving non-government school boards and principals coming under fire from school communities and attracting media attention. With every school’s reputation a key priority, these incidents raise important questions about school board governance duties and accountability to stakeholders, the school board’s relationship with the principal and reputation management.

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New WA Registration Standards Released: Child Protection and Governance changes for July 2018

The Western Australian Minister for Education has released new Standards for Non-Government Schools (the Standards) which will take effect from 1 July 2018. There are now 17 Standards, rather than 14, and the three new Standards relate to new requirements for the minimum age for enrolment, modes of curriculum delivery and provisions for numbers of students enrolled at a CARE school.

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