Registration Authorities Under Scrutiny: What Do They Expect and How Does This Impact Schools?

To be registered and maintain registration, schools are required to continuously comply with certain regulatory requirements, which vary by jurisdiction, school sector and school type. School registration authorities differ in how they manage school registration and their expected evidence of compliance, but they may collectively be taking on a more active role in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

Read More...

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 […]

Read More...

Systemic failures in child protection and youth justice: NT Royal Commission releases its final report

With less than a month to go until the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), the Northern Territory has given us a teaser of what could be expected from the Royal Commission’s Recommendations. On 17 November, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children […]

Read More...

‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ – Do your students consider that your boarding community is a safe place?

This is National Child Protection Week – ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’.  This week, NAPCAN want to emphasise the value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well. This article examines the role of boarding schools as a ‘community’ and how boarding schools are legally required to create child safe environments in those communities, […]

Read More...

What to do if your school receives a historical sexual abuse report?

It takes immense courage and strength for survivors of historical child abuse to come forward and discuss the behaviours to which they were subjected.  Sometimes survivors of historical child abuse make claims against the institutions where they suffered the abuse – such as schools and religious organisations.  With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to […]

Read More...

New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the Privacy Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

Read More...

NT police ordered to carry guns in schools

Northern Territory police youth engagement officers have been ordered to carry their guns and capsicum spray when they visit school classrooms and playgrounds, according to the NT News. Aside from angering parents and teachers, the paper said the directive breached NT Department of Education policy. However, the department is yet to say whether it could […]

Read More...

NT govt claims union encouraged teachers to ignore Duty of Care

The Fair Work Commission has ordered the Australian Education Union’s Northern Territory branch to suspend its protected industrial action for three months, amid claims from the NT Government that the union was encouraging teachers to “ignore their duty of care” to students. The order from the Commission, which is effective from today, came after the union […]

Read More...

NT school’s “no excuses” policy lifts attendance

A school in the Northern Territory has reported a 10% improvement in student attendance since enforcing its “no excuses” policy. “We still have major attendance issues but it’s a chip-away thing,” Jo Killmister, the local school attendance officer at Maningrida told the NT News. “It’s not about telling them they’ve got to go to school; it’s […]

Read More...