Commonwealth and Queensland legal reform of ESOS laws

The Queensland State Government and the Federal Government have introduced Bills to their respective parliaments which, if passed, will affect schools that provide educational services to international students. International education is a key contributor to the Australian economy with enrolments exceeding 700,000 in 2016, so legislative reform in this space is a reflection of the importance […]

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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 […]

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Playground evangelism: Should schools restrict student discussion of religion?

A recent review into religious instruction in government schools in Queensland has suggested that religious instruction materials could adversely impact on the ability of schools to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for students. Despite not being an official policy of the Department of Education and Training and only explicitly affecting Queensland government schools, […]

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Part Two: Confiscation and searches of student property – searching students and student property

This is the second article in a two-part series on the myriad issues associated with managing inappropriate student materials. Part One is available here. In this series, Craig D’cruz, National Education Consultant at CompliSpace, explores managing the confiscation of student materials and the legal, regulatory and guidance to consider when dealing with this matter.  In […]

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Part One: Confiscation and searches of student property – is there a right way to do this?

This is the first article in a two-part series on the myriad issues associated with managing inappropriate student materials. In this series, Craig D’cruz, National Education Consultant at CompliSpace, explores managing the confiscation of student materials and the legal, regulatory and guidance to consider when dealing with this matter.  In Part One of this series, […]

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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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Stranger danger: Recent worrying trend in attempted child abduction

Recently, on two separate occasions, two school girls were almost abducted.  These two incidents serve as a timely reminder for schools to brief staff, parents and students about the dangers of child abduction and how to recognise and avoid an abduction. The attempted abductions An all girls’ school in Melbourne’s south has warned students to travel […]

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Queensland introduces Bill to replace school accreditation legislation

The Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Bill 2017 was introduced in the Queensland Parliament on 9 May 2017 as the result of a review by the Department of Education and Training of non-state education regulatory arrangements. The review commenced in 2014 with a view to modernising and streamlining non-state school accreditation in Queensland. The purpose […]

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Royal Commission research symposium: Creating child safe institutions

On 1 May 2017, The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) hosted a research symposium in Melbourne to share the findings from three research reports commissioned by the Royal Commission on the topic of child safe institutions (Symposium). Cara Novakovic, CompliSpace Content Development Consultant, attended the Symposium and in this […]

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Professional boundaries and teacher suspension: lessons to learn from Qld cases

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) recently made two decisions, decided four days apart, to impose a suspension on two Queensland teachers, due to their chance of imposing unacceptable harm to students. The first case involved a male teacher, Mr C, who was breaching his professional boundaries and seeking a sexual relationship with a female […]

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