School Governance

A School’s Privacy Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has provided a tsunami of new issues to be considered and old issues needing to be addressed in new ways. Priva...

The Anonymous Complaints Minefield: Privacy, Child Protection and Whistleblowing

Many of us grew up in an environment where anonymous complaints or information providing were seen as unfounded rumours,...

Social Media and Your School: Are You Managing the Risks? Part One

It is apparent that the days are long gone of insisting that a school’s duty of care to its staff and students ends when...

Managing Unwarranted Parent Demands: How Does Your School Manage Parent Expectations?

As discussed in our School Governance article last week, a new education-related Act has been assented to in South Austr...

“Safe Enough?” How Schools Should Be Approaching Digital Security and Privacy

Privacy, as discussed in our Briefing Paper, can be a burdensome responsibility for many schools. Given that the kind of...

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...

Unfair Dismissal Case: Implications for Employers Seeking to Collect Employees’ Fingerprints

In Jeremy Lee v Superior Wood Pty Ltd [2019] FWCRB 2946, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission upheld Mr Lee’s appe...

The Link Between Ineffective Complaints Handling and the Use of the Whistleblowing Protections (Part Two)

When developing a complaints handling policy, schools have been finding that there are a variety of factors to consider....

The Link Between Ineffective Complaints Handling and the Use of the Whistleblowing Protections (Part One)

As discussed in our previous School Governance article, an unmanaged complaint or internal grievance can escalate into a...

Australian Government Proposes Tougher Penalties to Protect Online Privacy

On 25th March 2019, the Federal Government announced plans to reform existing privacy laws and penalties in order to bet...