Listening Devices and Surveillance: The Fine Line Between Student Safety and Teacher Privacy

A recent case in the United States of a mother secretly recording her child’s teacher through a tape recorder on the child’s backpack raises questions of how similar listening devices would be governed under surveillance laws in Australia. To provide a safe and secure environment for students, it may be necessary at times to record conversations, however it is essential that schools understand the compliance and privacy obligations associated with this risk.

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The connection between falling male teacher numbers and fear of student contact

Over the last three decades, the number of male primary school teachers across Australia has been decreasing.  According to new research conducted by Dr Vaughan Cruickshank of the University of Tasmania, there has been a decrease in male teachers, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016, which is an overall drop of 12% of all male primary school teacher numbers.

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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. 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 Part Two of this series, Craig discusses how to search student property and students themselves.

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