Legal issues bulletins

These Bulletins are for the purpose of assisting officers of the NSW Department of Education have been written from this perspective.

The bulletins are made available publicly on the department's web site in the interests of openness and in keeping with the principles of the Government Information (Public Access) Act. They should therefore be viewed as general information and not be relied upon by non-departmental staff in making decisions about their own personal circumstances.

Note: We are in the process of reviewing and updating our Legal Issues Bulletins. Some bulletins may therefore not be accessible. Links to those bulletins will be provided as soon as possible.

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  • Number 57  (published June 2016)
    Legal obligations of schools responding to a student, staff, parent, or other school community member exhibiting anti-social and extremist behaviour
  • Number 56  (published April 2015)
    Confiscation of student property
  • Number 55 (published December 2014)
    Transgender students in schools – legal rights and responsibilities
  • Number 54  (published July 2014)
    Unauthorised entry onto departmental premises - update
  • Number 53 (published March 2013)
    Students under 18 years of age living independently of their parents – capacity to make their own decisions
  • Number 52
    Legal rights and responsibilities to a government school student who is diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis
  • Number 51a
    TAFE Counsellors, confidentiality and the law
  • Number 51
    School Counsellors, confidentiality and the law
  • Number 50
    Exchanging Information with Other Organisations concerning the safety, welfare or wellbeing of Children or Young people
  • Number 49
    Have I hired a contractor or employee and why does it make a difference?
  • Number 48
    Role of the Legal Services Directorate
  • Number 47
    Requests for Information from other government agencies
  • Number 46 (revised December 2012)
    Legal issues concerning the administration of prescribed medications, health care procedures and medical emergencies in schools and TAFE NSW
  • Number 45
    Sexual Procurement and Grooming of Children - Changes to the Criminal Law
  • Number 44
    Apprehended Violence Orders
  • Number 43 (revised November 2012)
    Enrolment of students in Government Schools
  • Number 42
    Legal issues arising for staff subject to cyber bullying and related behaviour
  • Number 41
    The use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in Schools, TAFE NSW Institutes and DEC Offices
  • Number 40A
    Collection, use and disclosure of information about TAFE NSW students with a history of violence
  • Number 40
    Collection, use and disclosure of information about students with a history of violence
  • Number 39
    Preparation and use of Accident Reports in Schools and TAFE NSW
  • Number 38
    Child Protection (Offenders Prohibition Orders) Act 2004 - Implications for Schools and Institutes
  • Number 37
    The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2000 - A Summary of the Key Features
  • Number 36
    Conducting fundraising activities in schools and institutes
  • Number 35 (revised March 2013)
    The use of Mobile Phones, Portable Computer Games, Recording Devices and Cameras In Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes
  • Number 34
    Defamation
  • Number 33
    Good practice when conducting difficult interviews and related issues
  • Number 32
    Changes to the law in relation to sexual offences and related issues
  • Number 31 (replaced by Bulletin 54)
    Unauthorised Entry onto Departmental Premises
  • Number 30
    Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 in relation to the lawful correction of children
  • Number 29
    Insurance for voluntary workers in schools and TAFE institutes
  • Number 28 (replaced by Bulletin Number 40A)
    Collection, use and disclosure of information about students with a history of violence
  • Number 27
    Amendments to the Crimes Act 1990 - New offences and other related changes relevant to the safety and security of schools, staff and students
  • Number 26 (replaced by Bulletin Number 54)
    Unauthorised Entry onto Departmental Premises
  • Number 25
    Subpoenas
  • Number 24
    Use of Cars at Work
    (This Bulletin should be read in conjunction with Bulletin Number 8)
  • Number 23
    Protected confidences in relation to School and TAFE counsellor files concerning victims of sexual assault - update
  • Number 22
    Possession of Knives - Issues for Schools and Institutes
  • Number 21 (replaced by Bulletin Number 39)
    Preparation and use of accident reports in schools and TAFE NSW
  • Number 20
    Changing the way a student's name is used and recorded by schools and TAFE NSW
  • Number 19
    Legal liability and rights of staff in relation to serious incidents which involve potential risk of injury to persons on Departmental premises
  • Number 18
    Giving evidence in court and tribunal proceedings
  • Number 17 (replaced by Bulletin Number 54)
    Unauthorised entry onto Departmental premises
  • Number 16 (replaced by Bulletin Number 6)
    Searches in schools and TAFE NSW
  • Number 15
    Firework displays in schools and TAFE NSW Premises
  • Number 14 (Withdrawn - refer to "child protection" policies within the schools section of the "Our Policies" link on the Department's home page)
    Recent changes in child protection law
  • Number 13
    Interviews of students and staff by police and officers from DOCS in schools and TAFE NSW institutes
  • Number 12 (replaced by Bulletin Number 39)
    Amended procedures for dealing with personal injury claims arising from accidents in schools and TAFE NSW premises
  • Number 11 (replaced by Bulletin Number 44)
    Apprehended Violence Orders - Update
  • Number 10 (replaced by Bulletin Number 23)
    Protected confidences in relation to School and TAFE counsellor files concerning victims of sexual assault
  • Number 9
    Physical restraint of school students
  • Number 8
    Claims for loss or damage to personal property and use of private motor vehicles by staff, parents and students
    (This Bulletin should be read in conjunction with  Bulletin 24 – Use of Cars at Work)
  • Number 7 (replaced by Bulletin Number 25)
    Subpoenas
  • Number 6
    Power to Search Students
  • Number 5
    Student discipline in Government schools
  • Number 4 (replaced by Bulletin Number 39)
    Personal Injury Claims arising from accidents in schools and TAFE NSW Premises
  • Number 3
    Procedural fairness in the Department of Education and Communities
  • Number 2A (replaced by Bulletin Number 22)
    Possession of knives and power of search
  • Number 2
    Offensive behaviour on or near Departmental premises
  • Number 1 (replaced by Bulletin Number  54)
    Unauthorised entry onto school and TAFE NSW premises

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