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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Royal Commission research symposium: Creating child safe institutions

On 1 May 2017, The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) hosted a research symposium in Melbourne to share the findings from three research reports commissioned by the Royal Commission on the topic of child safe institutions (Symposium). Cara Novakovic, CompliSpace Content Development Consultant, attended the Symposium and in this […]

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New Victorian law: Schools to prove they took precautions to prevent abuse

The Victorian Government has passed an amendment to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic) (Wrongs Act) that reverses the onus of proof so that if faced with a negligence action, all child-related organisations will need to prove they took reasonable precautions to prevent abuse. The Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Act 2016 (Vic) (the Act) was passed in late March […]

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Asthma management: New Vic Action Plans and a Ministerial Order may be next

In Australia, 1 in 9 people suffer from asthma, a chronic lung-condition which causes inflammation and constricting of a person’s airways. While asthma can have minor effects if appropriately managed, severe conditions can interfere with daily life or lead to life-threatening attacks. Symptoms can flare up with little notice, with attacks potentially triggered by exercising, catching a […]

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Bullying in Schools – The 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Schools across the country have been invited to ‘take a stand’ against bullying and violence next Friday 17 March 2017. According to the website, The National Day of Action (NDA) is calling on schools to ask their students ‘what’s your anti-bullying message?’ . Schools that register for the National Day of Action will receive access to free printed resources […]

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Grooming the Institution: Is grooming preventable in schools?

A new research report commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Commission) has been released, which further examines grooming behaviours in institutional contexts. “Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts” prepared by Professor Patrick O’Leary, Emma Koh and Andrew Dare (the Report) discusses the various definitions of “grooming”, the […]

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Significant reforms to Victoria’s Working With Children Check regime leave schools in the dark

In a previous article, we flagged possible changes to Victoria’s Working with Children Check Act 2005 (Vic) (the Act). The Working with Children Amendment Bill 2016 (Vic)(the Bill) has since passed the rigours of Parliament and the new laws will take effect on 1 August 2017. This leaves schools with a considerably small window of time to get their heads around the […]

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Landmark findings on anaphylaxis: Are your students protected?

Anaphylaxis research: new understanding With the recent release of two high-profile publications, Australia’s understanding of anaphylaxis – acute allergic reactions – is becoming more sophisticated. The first publication is of new clinical guidelines by the American National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, based on landmark research finding that early exposure to peanut-containing foods during infancy can dramatically lower […]

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