Stranger danger: Recent worrying trend in attempted child abduction

Recently, on two separate occasions, two school girls were almost abducted.  These two incidents serve as a timely reminder for schools to brief staff, parents and students about the dangers of child abduction and how to recognise and avoid an abduction. The attempted abductions An all girls’ school in Melbourne’s south has warned students to travel […]

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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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Boarding in schools: Emerging trends for 2017

School boarding houses and boarding facilities have changed dramatically for the better since I first did boarding house duty in the 1980s as a young teacher. I recall that although the meals were average, they were basically ‘hot and brown and plenty of it’, with limited choice available for students who had specific dietary requirements. […]

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Air-conditioning and cocktail parties: How a school board’s dismissal of a board member was ruled invalid

The Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) recently set aside the decision of a school board to terminate the membership of one of its board members. Despite being a state tribunal decision resolved on its own facts, schools should be aware of the Tribunal’s findings on the requirements of procedural fairness in a school […]

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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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