School Governance

Victoria: Updated Minimum Standards for Registration

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has announced that updated Guidelines to the Minimum Stan...

Does a School Governing Body Member Need a Working With Children Check? It Depends on the Jurisdiction and Relevant Activities.

On 30 July 2020 we published an article about who in a school needs (or can get) a Working with Children Check (WWCC) an...

Victoria – Melbourne Schools Under Stage 4 Restrictions

We have sought to put together the key compliance elements for schools operating under Stage 4 ‘work from home’ restrict...

Leadership and a School’s Child Safe Culture

Following a recent Four Corners investigation aired by the ABC, St Kevin’s, a prominent non-government boys’ school in M...

Review of the Model Work Health and Safety Laws — Introduction of the Offence of Workplace Manslaughter in Victoria

There is increasing pressure on governments to enact stronger Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws that give higher pr...

“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...