Parent Complaints – the move from the car park to social media

School car parks were always a convenient place for parents to congregate and ‘chat’ either before school or, more often than not, at the end of the school day, whilst they waited to collect their children. They still are. Principals and school staff used to be concerned about the ‘car park gossip’ that took place […]

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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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Can your school be trustworthy while also being transparent?

The theme of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week is ‘Trust and Transparency.’ Timothy Pilgrim, Commissioner of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) stated that trust and transparency “speaks to the consumer and community trust that flows to organisations who handle personal information transparently, and with care, throughout the information life cycle. Privacy is rarely about secrecy, […]

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Remunerating your School Board members – is it a valid proposition?

Schools are generally either incorporated associations via legislation within their own state or territory, indigenous corporations or they are companies limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act (2001) (Cth). Regardless of how they have been structured, three common factors that all schools generally share are that they: are not for profit (if they want to receive Commonwealth funding as […]

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4 Tips to Manage Workplace Behaviour – A Principal’s Guide

We recently reported that the Education Sector has the second-highest rate of stress claims. Stress in schools may come from many places, but some of the avoidable sources of stress are the issues that may arise from the behaviour of colleagues.  For example; bullying. We have partnered with Workplace Behaviour Consulting group LS Partners to detail in […]

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