School Governance

Social Media and Effective Complaints Management - Embracing Complaints to Improve and Move Forward

Principals and school staff have always had concerns about the ‘carpark gossip’ that takes place when a disgruntled pare...

State and Territory Charitable Fundraising Laws — Recommended Harmonisation

How Much Do Schools Rely on Fundraising Activities? In a previous School Governance article “School fundraising: ‘When w...

Duty to Protect Children: Child Safety and Civil Liability for Schools

Following the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commissi...

Induction Programs: Do They Really Matter?

Beginning at a new school can be just as daunting for staff as it is for students. There are many things that new employ...

Commencement of New Corporations Act Whistleblower Laws on 1 July 2019

Recent Media Focus on Whistleblowing Last Sunday 23 June 2019, non-government organisations across the world that advoca...

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.

Survey Finds Regulatory/Legislative Change is the No. 1 Risk for 2019

The Governance Institute of Australia is an independent professional association that focuses on governance and draws it...

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: The Four Career Stages Explained

Are you a “Graduate” or a “Proficient” teacher? Perhaps you’re “Highly Accomplished” or even a “Lead” teacher. Does this...

Restraint – Abuse or Meeting a Duty of Care?

Corporal punishment continues to be a topic of international debate, with a third of schools globally still practising s...

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...