School Governance

“Persons in Religious Ministry” in Victoria Will Soon Be Subject to Mandatory Reporting Laws

Recent legislative changes in Victoria mean that “persons in religious ministry” will soon be subject to mandatory repor...

Victorian Boarding Facilities Required to be Registered with the VRQA from 2021

The Victorian Government released a Consultation Paper on the Regulation of School Boarding Facilities (Consultation Pap...

Banning Mobile Phones in Schools: Positive Progress or a Misguided Solution?

Mobile phones are ubiquitous in modern society and schools are in no way immune to the phenomenon. Across the world, fro...

Updated VRQA Guidelines Increase Governance Requirements for Victorian Schools

The Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority (VRQA)’s updated Guidelines to the Minimum Standards and Requireme...

Isolation Rooms, Dark Cupboards and Cages: Calling Time-Out on Disability Discrimination in Schools

Victorian Disability Discrimination Payouts The Age recently reported that, over the past few years, the Department of E...

Governance of a School: Misuse, Mismanagement and Funding

The Victorian Ombudsman (Ombudsman), in a recent review into a public school, has investigated allegations of nepotism, ...

Consultation on New Safeguarding Standards: Catholic Schools Publicly Accountable for Child Safety

As discussed previously on School Governance, the Catholic Church’s child protection standards setting body - Catholic P...

Breaking School Rules? That’s a Paddlin’

Every school has, or should have, rules in place for their students, staff, and the occasional visitor to school grounds...

The Teacher-Student Relationship: Where Do the Boundaries Lie?

Teachers are considered to hold a unique position of trust, care and authority due to their influence on children and yo...

To Enrol or Not to Enrol: If This is the Question, Can it be Discriminatory?

While children are of compulsory school age, they are legislatively required to be enrolled in some kind of education pr...