School Governance

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...

WA: Welcome to the Harmonised Work Health and Safety Laws (Almost)

Background Many observers were caught by surprise when the WA Government tabled the 277 page Work Health and Safety Bill...

Western Australian Registration—Updated 2020 Standards and Guide - Briefing Paper Available

The Western Australian Department of Education recently released new Registration Standards for Non-Government Schools a...

Western Australian Registration -2020 Guide Released

The Western Australian Department of Education’s Guide to the Registration Standards and Other Requirements for Non-Gove...

Significant Changes to the Western Australian Registration Standards for Non-Government Schools Will Take Effect on and from 1 January 2020

For a non-government school to become and stay registered it must comply with Part 4 of the School Education Act 1999 (W...

ATAR Assessments - Do the States and Territories Have it Right or are They Pushing Overworked Teachers to the Brink?

A recent article in The West Australian raised a number of issues that seem to be gathering interest across the country.

Mandatory Reporting and the ‘Seal of the Confessional’: Is there a Conflict and What Does it Mean for Catholic Schools?

On 23 May 2019, the Western Australian Government announced plans to expand child protection reporting obligations beyon...

Student Welfare for Boarders – Far From Home and Culture

Boarding schools are now seen as caretakers of boarder wellbeing, with the non-academic program including the values, le...

WA Registration Guidelines Update: Focus on Child Protection, Governance and Staff

On 4 April 2018, the Department of Education in Western Australia released the updated Guide to the Registration Standar...

Addressing liability for institutional child abuse: WA responds to Royal Commission recommendations

Recently, the Civil Liability Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse Actions) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was debated as an ...