Reforms to the ASA Data Retention Schedule: Insights for schools on records management

Knowing what records to keep, how to keep them and for how long, is a tricky business for schools to master.  With a raft of legislation, such as the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), dictating how to handle/protect certain types of information and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommendations saying there […]

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External venue hire: To hire or not to hire?

There are two common venue hire scenarios that come to mind with regard to schools: schools that hire external venues for excursions and schools that allow other groups to hire their facilities. The latter was discussed in a School Governance article in 2016. It is commonplace for schools to hire or lease outside venues in […]

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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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More Changes to NSW Registration Manuals: new information on financial viability compliance

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has been extremely busy in Term One and has recently released its second update to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (the Manuals) in four months.  In January 2017, School Governance published an article outlining the changes NESA made to the Manuals in […]

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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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Polar bear tragedy: protecting against ‘remote possibilities’

Facts This week’s commencement of a coronial inquest into the tragic death of 17 year old English school student Horatio Chapple while on camp has drawn attention to the serious risks that students and their teachers face while undertaking extra-curricular activities. At 7.30am on 5 August 2011 a polar bear attacked a group of thirteen […]

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Risk Management 101: What is ISO 31000?

ISO 31000 are the international set of standards that are considered best-practice for any organisation designing and implementing an enterprise risk management system. And that includes schools. Reading the Standard is the first step every school should take before drafting an effective risk management system, which is a requirement of school registration standards across Australia […]

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