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Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority
Edition 46
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A message from the Director

A new criminal offence for failing to protect children from the substantial risk of sexual abuse has been created under the Crimes Act 1958.

The offence commences on 1 July 2015 and will apply to persons in positions of authority within organisations that exercise care, supervision or authority over children. These organisations include several types of providers that the VRQA registers or approves including schools, registered training organisations, non-school senior secondary education providers, overseas secondary student exchange organisations and group training organisations.

The new offence forms part of the response by the Victorian Government to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Report.

The VRQA will continue to communicate with providers and stakeholders about relevant aspects of the Victorian Government response to the Betrayal of Trust Report. This includes the implementation of new responsibilities and powers for the VRQA for the regulation of school education under the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Act 2015.

The SchoolMate app has been launched by the Department of Education and Training to help parents of government school students to know more about what their children are learning under the AusVELS curriculum.

Parents of children attending non-government schools who closely follow the AusVELS curriculum may find the SchoolMate app of interest.

Further information is available in this edition of e-news.

Lynn Glover

 
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Reminder: Failure to Protect Offence Commences 1 July 2015
 

A new ‘failure to protect’ offence applying to persons in positions of authority within organisations that exercise care, supervision or authority over children comes into effect on 1 July 2015.

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SchoolMate App Launched
 

An app has been launched to help parents of school students to know more about what their children are learning under the AusVELS curriculum.

 

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Request for Annual Reports
 

The VRQA is writing to independent schools to request 2014 annual reports for publication on the State Register.

 

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VET: Changes to Reporting Requirements for 2014 Data
 

Reporting arrangements for 2014 data due on 30 June 2015 have changed for some registered training organisations.

 

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