New South Wales Students Report Declining Academic and Pastoral Support From Parents and Teachers Across Their Schooling

New research published by the NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation concludes that students overall feel that support from their parents and teachers progressively declines for the majority of their schooling, suggesting that a new approach to student engagement needs to be taken by both parents and schools.

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Culture of Continuous Compliance: Principal Continuing to Run Alternative Schools Despite NESA Report

A recent case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has again brought non-government school registration to the forefront of discussion. Eagle Arts & Vocational College has three campuses across NSW. It has been deemed non-compliant with non-government school registration requirements by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and has had its school registration cancelled. For all non-government schools, the facts of the case serve as an illlustration of the importance of a continuing culture of school compliance.

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Significant New Child Protection Legal Reform Proposed in NSW: Schools Must Reduce or Remove the Risk of Child Abuse

The introduction of a new Bill in NSW Parliament proposing to significantly amend the Crimes Act 1900 NSW signals that the NSW Government is finally catching up to Victoria and other states in getting serious on child protection legal reform. Amongst other proposed changes are the creation of an offence of failing to reduce or remove the risk of child abuse and new grooming offences. If passed, these reforms will require organisations engaging in child related work to, at a minimum, update their child protection policies and procedures to comply with the new laws and, in further steps of good governance, provide serious motivation to adopt the NSW Principles for Child-Safe Organisations and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission),10 Child Safe Standards. The introduction of the Bill before the Federal Government’s response to the Royal Commission is also timely.

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Teacher Accreditation Shake-up: NESA Publishes Revamped TAA Guidelines

A new version of the Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-Government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres is now in effect, and will require all schools and teacher accreditation authorities (TAAs) to manually check their compliance with the updated requirements.

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NSW Proposes New WWCC Changes to Complement Existing Child Safe Principles

Reforms to the Working with Children Check system in NSW have been proposed, and further amendments are expected later this year in connection with the voluntary Principles for Child-Safe Organisations. This impetus for child protection reform in NSW will clearly have an ongoing impact on schools.

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2017: The year of registration change: Is it time for national reform?

With just over a week to go until the curtain falls on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), schools around Australia will likely remember 2017 as the year of child protection debate – marked by public criticism of organisations including schools, for their handling of allegations of child abuse […]

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Addressing liability for institutional child abuse: NSW leads the way in state and territory responses to the Royal Commission

Recently, the Civil Liability Amendment (Institutional Child Abuse) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament by Shadow Attorney-General, Paul Lynch. It is a groundbreaking step by NSW to update their liability for institutional child abuse before the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse (the Royal […]

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Legal changes to university residential colleges: How they relate to schools

On 22 November the NSW Government introduced proposed statutory changes in the form of the Saint John’s College Bill 2017 (NSW) (the Bill).  The Bill seeks to replace the Saint John’s College Act 1857 (NSW) which established a Roman Catholic residential college of the same name at the University of Sydney. Although the Bill relates to a university residential […]

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