Culture of Continuous Compliance: Principal Continuing to Run Alternative Schools Despite NESA Report

A recent case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has again brought non-government school registration to the forefront of discussion. Eagle Arts & Vocational College has three campuses across NSW. It has been deemed non-compliant with non-government school registration requirements by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and has had its school registration cancelled. For all non-government schools, the facts of the case serve as an illlustration of the importance of a continuing culture of school compliance.

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WA Registration Guidelines Update: Focus on Child Protection, Governance and Staff

On 4 April 2018, the Department of Education in Western Australia released the updated Guide to the Registration Standards and Other Requirements for Non-Government Schools (the Guide). The requirements of the Guide will have effect from 1 July 2018, meaning that all non-government schools, not just those due for renewal of registration this year, need to be compliant with the requirements of the Guide.

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VIC School Registration on the Radar: VRQA Seeking Public Opinion about Evidence Requirements

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is reviewing the evidence requirements all schools (both government and non-government) produce as part of their review and/or registration and asking the public, schools and education providers for feedback on how relevant the evidence is to proving their compliance with the Minimum Standards. This is a national first; an education authority asking for feedback on education registration requirements.

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New WA Registration Standards Released: Child Protection and Governance changes for July 2018

The Western Australian Minister for Education has released new Standards for Non-Government Schools (the Standards) which will take effect from 1 July 2018. There are now 17 Standards, rather than 14, and the three new Standards relate to new requirements for the minimum age for enrolment, modes of curriculum delivery and provisions for numbers of students enrolled at a CARE school.

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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 the changes it proposed to make to the 2001 Act. In August, the Queensland Parliament assented to the Bill making the proposed changes law by repealing the 2001 Act and replacing it with the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017 (Qld) (the 2017 Act).  Although the 2017 Act is still yet to commence schools should be conscious of its affects on registration.

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