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 […]

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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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Packaging and Anaphylaxis – Do schools understand allergen terminology on food packaging?

Over the last few years, School Governance has been informing schools about their legal and regulatory requirements and duties they must satisfy to meet anaphylactic requirements set by state and territory regulators. Around Australia, there are at least 250,000 young Australians who live with severe allergies.  There is now a new website providing some general information to all Australians […]

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NESA updates registration: Schools need to be aware of new requirements

In an era of continual legal and regulatory overhaul, the compliance burden on the school system is burgeoning, with no sign of slowing down or giving schools an opportunity to catch their breath! In keeping with our recent theme of school registration, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has announced additional amendments to the Registered and Accredited […]

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SA Registration Standards come into effect: What will this mean for schools?

The first half of 2017 has been marked by multiple ongoing overhauls to school registration systems. So far this year, the Western Australian Standards for Non-Government Schools took effect, key changes to the NSW School Registration Manuals and TAA Guidelines were introduced, and on 25 June the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) took effect, amending the minimum […]

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New registration requirements for Victorian schools: Changes reflect NSW governance requirements

The Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) (Reform Regulations) will commence on 25 June 2017 (this Sunday). The Reform Regulations amend the existing Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic) (2007 Regulations) which support the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)(the Act). The Act lists the minimum standards that schools must satisfy in […]

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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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South Australia finalises its Registration Standards: Key issues for schools

In a previous School Governance article, we reported on the introduction of draft Standards for Registration and Review of Registration of Schools in South Australia (the Standards) by the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of SA (the Board). The Standards were finalised on 5 April, and all new or existing schools will […]

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Increased governance requirements for NSW non-government schools

The NSW Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards (BOSTES) has once again updated the ‘Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual’ (Registration Manual). This marks the second time this year that the Registration Manual has been updated, the first being in May 2014. The new update is given immediate effect by the Official Notice. The […]

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