School discovers inappropriate material on former teacher’s computer: What’s on a hard drive?

Two Victorian non-government schools have been praised for their responses to the recent discovery of inappropriate material involving children on a teacher’s hard drive. The teacher in question has been charged and proceedings are due to commence in August.  The potential criminal actions by the teacher are fairly clear on the facts but his liability […]

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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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Mental health in schools: how to get young people to seek help

Children’s and mental health agencies have a message for schools: if you make small changes to improve social relations in your schools, you will help more young people experiencing mental health problems. The Commission for Children and Young People, with the Mental Health Commission of NSW, have released ‘Support in Tough Times: Encouraging Young People […]

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Record keeping in schools: If it’s personal how long should you keep it?

How long should a school store the personal information of its former students? David Griffiths (Managing Director – CompliSpace) Although this is a simple question, a simple answer is not generated. In an era where data is vast, yet can be stored indefinitely, the reach of future inquirers must be considered in formulating a policy […]

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Insurance experts give their top 10 business risks for 2014

A recent global survey conducted by the insurance group Allianz across 30 countries (the Allianz Risk Barometer on Business Risks 2014) found Australian businesses were more concerned than anywhere else about the risks associated with changes to legislation and regulation. While ranking as the number four risk worldwide, regulatory change ranked second as the biggest […]

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Two US schools get tough on balls, tag and chasing

Several kindergarten teachers from an elementary school in the US state of Michigan issued a letter to parents which said  “we are going to be enforcing a ‘no tag no chasing’ policy for the rest of the school year”. According to local news reports, the letter said that “several children are getting hurt daily”. However, […]

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