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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What’s in a watch: How a school board’s gift giving practices can result in misuse of funding

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has released its Charity Compliance Report 2017 (the Report) with surprising results for schools registered as not-for-profits or charities. In particular, the Report draws attention to gift giving practices and how these may breach good governance obligations.

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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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Royal Commission Interim Report – What does it mean for schools?

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Commission) released its interim report (Report) on 30 June 2014. You can read more about the work of the Commission here. The Report is available on the Commission’s website and is divided into two Volumes. Volume 1 contains the substantive reporting of the Commission.  Volume […]

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