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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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 […]

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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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New registration requirements for Victorian schools: Changes reflect NSW governance requirements

The Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) (Reform Regulations) will commence on 25 June 2017 (this Sunday). The Reform Regulations amend the existing Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic) (2007 Regulations) which support the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)(the Act). The Act lists the minimum standards that schools must satisfy in […]

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Revenge on image-based abuse: Will schools be caught in the crossfire?

One month on from Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), information privacy and technology-facilitated issues remain an ongoing community concern. While image-based abuse – or ‘revenge p*rn’ in media parlance – may not appear to impact on the activities of schools, the issue has been a live one for both the government and non-government systems.  In late […]

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Victoria amends Crimes Act sexual offence laws: What schools should know

On 1 July 2017, the Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences) Act 2016 (Vic) (the Amending Act) takes effect to strengthen existing sexual offence laws to better protect children from abuse. The Act was passed in the Victorian Parliament in September 2016 and reforms more than 50 sexual offences in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (Crimes Act). […]

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