QLD schools must have detailed Complaints Handling Program by 2018

Queensland non-State schools have seen significant changes to their accreditation requirements in 2017. The new Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017 (the Act) and Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) take effect on 1 January 2018 and non-state schools must be conscious of their new obligations. Crucially, the new Regulation 7 […]

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Clubs and associations for children – do they comply with child protection laws and principles?

Recently in the news, an Opera Australia singer was charged with historic child sex offences in NSW and a Scouts leader was charged with serious child sex offences in QLD.  These incidents occurred in organisations with responsibilities to ensure the safety of the young people who participate in singing and Scouts activities. Like our previous article on ADF Cadets nationally, these […]

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Review of mandatory reporting laws in NSW prompts wider discussion

A new discussion paper released by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in NSW, Shaping a better child protection system (the Discussion Paper) is a reminder to schools about the importance of mandatory reporting regarding child safety incidents. Background to the Discussion Paper The Discussion Paper was released by the NSW Government on 20 October […]

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Tragic events lead to industrial manslaughter laws in Queensland

In October 2016, the Queensland Government declared an independent Best Practice Review of Work Health and Safety in Queensland to assess the State’s work health and safety laws.  This was in response to the deaths of four visitors to Dreamworld and two deaths of workers at Eagle Farm Racecourse redevelopment.  These tragic accidents highlighted the need […]

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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 2 – Teacher Obligations with Child Protection

This is the second article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection and how schools can gain a […]

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New Queensland non-state school accreditation legislation receives assent

The non-state schooling sector in Queensland educates approximately one-third of Queensland’s school students (approximately 266,000 students) through 504 schools. Non-state schools must be accredited to operate under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001 (Qld) (the 2001 Act).  In May, School Governance reported on the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Bill 2017 (Qld) (the Bill) and […]

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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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