Safety in the Outdoors: Academic guidance for schools

Schools frequently take students on outdoor education activities as part of an extensive co-curricular program. Many parents are very supportive of such programs and, for some parents, the type and extent of co-curricular programs offered by a school can be an important factor in choosing a school for their child. Unfortunately, there are sometimes serious […]

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Latest Royal Commission Report on Child Sexual Abuse Risk: Is your school a high risk institution?

On 19 June 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) released its latest research report considering why child sexual abuse occurs in institutions, entitled Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of child sexual abuse in institutions (the Report).  The research project was carried out by Professors Patrick Parkinson and […]

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New registration requirements for Victorian schools: Changes reflect NSW governance requirements

The Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) (Reform Regulations) will commence on 25 June 2017 (this Sunday). The Reform Regulations amend the existing Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic) (2007 Regulations) which support the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)(the Act). The Act lists the minimum standards that schools must satisfy in […]

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Air-conditioning and cocktail parties: How a school board’s dismissal of a board member was ruled invalid

The Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) recently set aside the decision of a school board to terminate the membership of one of its board members. Despite being a state tribunal decision resolved on its own facts, schools should be aware of the Tribunal’s findings on the requirements of procedural fairness in a school […]

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Independent schools embrace risk management: Survey

More than two-thirds of independent schools have a dedicated senior staff member responsibile for enterprise risk management (ERM), according to a recent survey of more than 100 bursars from across Australia and New Zealand. The survey, conducted at the recent Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) Biennial Conference by the accounting and advisory firm Nexia […]

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NSW Labor backs move to abolish independent school discrimination exemptions

The NSW Labor Opposition has signalled it will back a push to abolish laws that allow private schools to expel and discriminate against students who are homosexual, transgender, pregnant or have a disability. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, NSW Labor will back a private member’s bill introduced by the Independent MP for Sydney […]

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Four WA independent schools cautioned over unregistered teachers

The Teacher Registration Board of WA has cautioned four independent schools for hiring unregistered teachers. The schools had employed seven unregistered teachers who were not taking classes, and one teacher who had never been registered but was working as a relief teacher. The schools were warned to “take immediate action to ensure that unregistered teachers […]

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