Health and Safety Month and OHS updates in Victoria

On 5 October 2017, Health and Safety Month commences across Australia.  As a part of Health and Safety Month, WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork Australia will be hosting events on WHS/OHS topics. Schools and other workplaces are also encouraged to host their own events to inform their workplace about WHS/OHS requirements and improvements.  In the lead-up to this national event, schools […]

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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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What to do if your school receives a historical sexual abuse report?

It takes immense courage and strength for survivors of historical child abuse to come forward and discuss the behaviours to which they were subjected.  Sometimes survivors of historical child abuse make claims against the institutions where they suffered the abuse – such as schools and religious organisations.  With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to […]

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Teacher Registration Boards – Are they helping to keep our children safe at school?

According to The Age, the Victorian Education Minister has ordered a sweeping review of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) after it gave the green light for a teacher who told incest stories and another who pleaded guilty to a sex crime to keep their registration.  Pressure has been mounting on the VIT by the Victorian […]

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Part One: Confiscation and searches of student property – is there a right way to do this?

This is the first 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 One of this series, […]

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Student drivers: Are schools responsible for implementing road safety rules?

A post-holiday reminder School holidays are over, and with that comes increased congestion on public transport and roads in the morning and afternoon. Drivers are encouraged to be increasingly vigilant whilst travelling within designated school zones and increasingly aware at all times when students are travelling to and from school. Despite this, tragedies can and do occur. […]

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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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Reportable Conduct Round-Up:  Vic and ACT schemes commence, Qld likely to follow

Less than a week ago, substantial amendments to the child protection systems in Victoria and the ACT commenced. From Saturday 1 July, a range of entities – including government and non-government schools – must ensure that they have additional policies and procedures in place for reporting, responding to and investigating various allegations of misconduct in […]

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School fights and teacher assaults: Round 1 goes to …

Scarily, teacher assaults are a growing trend around Australia.  Media reports highlight an ever increasing rate of teachers being assaulted or suffering injuries sustained during the course of their work.  Is it any wonder why teachers have one of the largest attrition rates of any profession in Australia? Recently the Herald Sun reported that a Victorian high […]

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Latest Royal Commission Report on Child Sexual Abuse Risk: Is your school a high risk institution?

On 19 June 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) released its latest research report considering why child sexual abuse occurs in institutions, entitled Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of child sexual abuse in institutions (the Report).  The research project was carried out by Professors Patrick Parkinson and […]

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