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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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