Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse. The child safe standards will apply to organisations from 1 January 2016. Education, awareness raising and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments will be the initial focus of the child safe standards. The Victorian government has released a toolkit for organisations, which includes guidance on human resources, good leadership and what to do if a child discloses abuse. They can be downloaded below:
- Child safe standards presentation (ppt 1.4 MB)
- Resource 1 - Good leadership and governance in child safe organisations (doc 55.5 KB)
- Resource 2 - Child safe policy and statement of commitment (doc 70.5 KB)
- Resource 3 - Code of conduct (including sample code of conduct) (doc 59.0 KB)
- Resource 4 - Human resources practices for child safe organisations (doc 61.5 KB)
- Resource 5 - Recruitment practices for child safe organisations (doc 83.0 KB)
- Resource 6 - What to do when an allegation of child abuse is made (doc 65.5 KB)
- Resource 7 - Sample incident report template (doc 68.0 KB)
Changes to Australian privacy laws come into effect on 12 March 2014, The changes introduce a new set of Australian Privacy Principles to help ensure organisations (including NGOs), businesses and government agencies are transparent about how they handle people's personal information. Is your organisation aware of the changes? A FREE INFOSHEET on the changes is available from Management Support Online (MSO). The MSO also has a range of useful policy templates and guides relating to privacy, client confidentiality and knowledge management. Download the free infosheet here More about the MSO here
Justice Connect, formerly PILCH, is a specialist legal service set up to provide free and low-cost legal assistance to not-for-profit community organisations and to advocate on their behalf. Justice Connect aims to ‘help the helpers' through free or low-cost legal information, advice and training. Justice Connect's advocacy is focussed on improving the legal framework and reducing red tape for the not-for-profit sector. Read more about Justice Connect here.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the independent national regulator of charities. The ACNC has been set up to achieve the following objects:
- maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency
- support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector
- promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.
- registers organisations as charities
- helps charities understand and meet their obligations through information, guidance, advice and other support
- maintains a free and searchable public register so that anyone can look up information about registered charities
- is working with state and territory governments (as well as individual federal, state and territory government agencies) to develop a 'report-once, use-often' reporting framework for charities.