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Amendments to the Manuals

Dec 20, 2016

Official Notice BOSTES 49/16 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (‘the Manuals’).

The amendments follow the passing of legislation to establish the NSW Education Standards Authority (‘the Authority’), including changes to the legislation underpinning school registration. 

The amendments relate to:

  • replacing the good character requirement with a fit and proper person requirement (section 3.9.1 of the individual schools manual/5.9.1 of the systemic schools manual)
  • a new financial viability requirement (section 3.9.4/ 5.9.4)
  • a greater focus on the quality of teaching and student learning (section 3/5)
  • the risk based approach of the Authority (section 2.4.2/ 2.3.6)
  • changing references from 'the BOSTES' to 'the Authority' and other minor edits (various sections).

The Manuals constitute the rules of the BOSTES which, under legislated savings and transitional arrangements, continue to apply when the Authority commences on 1 January 2017. The amendments to the Manuals take effect on 1 January 2017.

Please note that the web versions of the Manuals are the most up-to-date Manuals at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended Manuals are available in the Reference Documents section of the RANGS website.

For more information, contact:
Anita Yates
Senior Board Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
anita.yates@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8214

 

Jan 16, 2016

Official Notice BOSTES 1/16 provides notice of amendments to the  Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

For systemic schools, the amendments provide further guidance in relation to the requirement to have and implement policies and procedures for proper governance (section 5.9.3 of the systemic schools manual).

Other amendments, as listed below, apply to all non-government schools. These amendments:

  • require non-government schools to have a TAA approved under the BOSTES' new regulatory framework according to the transition period published on the BOSTES website (section 3.2.1 of the individual schools manual/5.2.1 of the systemic schools manual)
  • clarify that the purpose of notifying the BOSTES of an intention to deliver all or a significant majority of courses by distance education is to seek approval prior to commencing delivery by distance education (section 3.3.3, 3.9.4/5.3.3)
  • strengthen the requirement relating to child protection by requiring that staff are informed annually of their legal responsibilities in relation to child protection (section 3.6.1/5.6.1)
  • require that from 1 July 2016, individual non-government schools provide the BOSTES, via RANGS Online, with details of the school's 'responsible persons' including the name, role, date of commencing in the role and date of ceasing in the role within 28 days of any change (section 3.9.3.1) and that systems retain equivalent information (section (5.9.3.1) (Note: BOSTES will write to individual non-government schools in 2016 with advice about using RANGS Online to provide details of ‘responsible persons’)
  • amend the requirement for professional learning of 'responsible persons' in relation to governance from a mandatory four hours per year to a mandatory 12 hours over each three year period from the time of commencing as a 'responsible person' (section 3.9.3.4/5.9.3.4)
  • clarify that the maintenance of registers for professional learning and induction of 'responsible persons' are for a period of seven years from the date of each entry (section 3.9.3.4, 3.9.3.5/5.9.3.4, 5.9.3.5)
  • clarify that BOSTES is to be notified if the contract or arrangement with the school's external auditor is terminated prior to the expiry of the term of the contract (section 3.9.3.6/5.9.3.6)
  • clarify that a school's current compliance will be considered in assessing an application from the school for the addition of new years of schooling or for initial accreditation (section 4.1, 6.1/6.1, 8.1)
  • provide further guidelines for proposed new non-government schools in relation to the required policies and procedures for proper governance (section 4.1.9/6.1.9).

The amendments to the Manuals take effect with the publication of Official Notice BOSTES 1/16.

Please note that the web versions of the Manuals are the most up-to-date Manuals at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended Manuals are available in the ‘Reference Documents section’ of the RANGS website.

For more information, contact:

Anita Yates
Senior Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
anita.yates@bostes.nsw.edu.au
(02) 9367 8214

Oct 07, 2014

Official Notice BOSTES 24/14 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The amendments relate to the requirement for non-government schools to have policies and procedures for the proper governance of the school in place.

For individual schools, Section 3.9.3 of the Manual details this requirement, including the need for policies and procedures relating to:

  • governance of the school
  • conflict of interest
  • related party transactions register
  • professional learning for ‘responsible persons’
  • induction process for new ‘responsible persons’
  • external independent attestation audit of Annual Financial Statements

For systemic schools, Section 5.9.3 of the Manual provides that systemic non-government schools are required to have policies and procedures in place for the proper governance of the school that are similar to those required for individual non-government schools, and that further guidance in this regard will be developed by the BOSTES in consultation with key stakeholders.

The amendments take effect with the publication of Official Notice BOSTES 24/14 .

The manuals are available on the BOSTES’s website.

Please note that the manuals published on the BOSTES’s website are the most up-to-date at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended sections of the manuals are available in the ‘Reference Section’ of the RANGS website.

Anita Yates
Board Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
(02) 9367 8214
Email: anita.yates@bostes.nsw.edu.au

May 05, 2014
Official Notice BOSTES 18/14 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.
 
The main amendments to the Manuals are identified below:
  • references to 'the Board' changed to 'the BOSTES' (multiple sections of the Manuals) 
  • removal of the provision for category (iii) teaching staff (section 3.2.1 of the individual schools manual/5.2.1 of the systemic schools manual)
  • references to the Institute of Teachers Act 2004 changed to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (section 3.2.1/5.2.1)
  • references to the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 changed to the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (section 3.6.1/5.6.1)
  • addition to the section for safe and supportive environment requiring the maintenance of registers for enrolment and attendance (section 3.6.2/5.6.2)
  • clarification that the Principal of a school is responsible for keeping a register of enrolments and daily attendances (section 3.8/5.8)
  • provision of initial guidance for schools with regard to the new requirement for policies and procedures for the proper governance of the school (section 3.9.3/5.9.3)
  • clarification of the requirement relating to public disclosure of a school's policies (section 3.10.1/5.10.1)
  • references to the 'Administrative Decisions Tribunal' changed to the 'NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal' (section 2.4.7)
The amendments take effect with the publication of Official Notice BOSTES 18/14.

The manuals are available on the Board’s website.

Please note that the manuals published on the Board’s website are the most up-to-date at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended sections of the manuals are available in the ‘Reference Section’ of the RANGS website.

Dave Kermode
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8497
 

 

 

May 03, 2013
Official Notice BOS 22/13 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.
The amendments primarily relate to:
the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
registration only for Stage 6
further clarification about RoSA
unsatisfactory attendance

The amendments take effect with the publication of Official Notice BOS 22/13.

The manuals are available on the Board’s website.

Please note that the manuals published on the Board’s website are the most up-to-date at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended sections of the manuals are available in the ‘Reference Section’ of the RANGS website.

Kim Owens
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8134
Aug 06, 2012

6 August, 2012

Official Notice BOS 21/12 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The amendments relate to the replacement of the School Certificate with the Record of School Achievement.

The amendments take effect with the publication of Official Notice BOS 21/12.

The manuals are available on the Board’s website.

Please note that the manuals published on the Board’s website are the most up-to-date at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended sections of the manuals are available in the ‘Reference Section’ of the RANGS website.

Caraline Cloke
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8170
Email: caraline.cloke@bos.nsw.edu.au
May 14, 2012

14 MAY, 2012

Official Notice BOS 15/12 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The most significant amendment is the requirement, as part of providing a safe and supportive environment, for a registered non-government school to have policies and procedures with specific reference to anti-bullying and to provide a summary of these policies and procedures in the school's annual report.

Other amendments relate to:

  • replacing the term 'special provisions' with 'disability provisions'
  • new work health safety (WHS) laws which replaced the occupation health and safety laws in January 2012.

The amendments take effect with the publication of Official Notice BOS 15/12.

The manuals are available on the Board's website.

Please note that the manuals published on the Board's website are the most up-to-date at any time.

Tracked changes of the amended sections of the manuals are available in the 'Reference Section' of the RANGS website.

Kim Owens
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8134

Email: kim.owens@bos.nsw.edu.au

 

May 11, 2011

BOS 13/11

Official Notice BOS 13/11 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The main amendments relate to new delegations from the Minister for Education in relation to student attendance (Section 3.8 of the Individual Manual and Section 5.8 of the System Manual).

Other amendments include updated references to child protection legislation, updated evidence of compliance regarding the requirement for teaching staff and a range of minor edits.

Tracked changes of the amended sections of the manuals are available in the ‘Reference Section’ of the Registration and Accreditation of Non-government Schools (RANGS) website.

The amendments take effect with the publication of the Official Notice BOS 13/11.

Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time.

The manuals are available on the Board’s website (see Official Notice). 

Sharon Phillips
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8497
Email: sharon.phillips@bos.nsw.edu.au

 

Mar 02, 2010

Amendments to the Manual

BOS 05/10


Official Notice BOS 05/10 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.


The main amendment relates to changed reporting measures required of school annual reports (Section 3.10.1 of the Individual Manual and Section 5.10.1 of the System Manual). It is important that all non-government schools note the changed reporting requirements and take the steps necessary to ensure that annual reports on the 2009 school year reflect the changes.


Other amendments relate to updated information with regard to teaching staff (Section 3.2.1 of the Individual Manual and 5.2.1 of the System Manual), clarification of information and correction of typographical errors. The official notice specifies the sections of the manuals that have been amended.


The amendments take effect with the publication of the Official Notice (05/10).


Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time.


The manuals are accessible on the Board’s website. (see Official Notice)


Anita Yates
Inspector, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8254
Email: anita.yates@bos.nsw.edu.au

Nov 27, 2008

BOS 53/08

Official Notice BOS 53/08 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual. The amendment adds the definition of ‘campus’ to the glossary section of each manual.

The amendment takes effect with the publication of the Official Notice (53/08).

Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time.

The manuals are accessible on the Board’s website. (See Official Notice)

Paul Hewitt
Head, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8313
Email: Paul Hewitt

Mar 07, 2008

Amendments to the manuals - Education Regulation 2007

BOS 14/08 (Vol 17 No 1)

Official Notice BOS 14/08 provides notice of amendments to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual with regard to the Education Regulation 2007.

The Regulation provides for the registration of a school to cease if the school closes or the registration to be limited if the school ceases to operate. A non-government school is required to notify the Board of Studies if it closes or ceases to operate.

The Official Notice specifies the sections of the manuals that have been amended.

The amendments take effect with the publication of the notice (BOS 14/08).

Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time. The manuals are accessible on the Board's website. [See Official Notice]

Paul Hewitt
Head, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8313
Email Paul Hewitt

Oct 31, 2007

Amendments to the manuals - good character of 'responsible persons'

BOS 56/07 (Vol 16 No 4)

Official Notice BOS 56/07 provides notice of amendments to the registration manuals with regard to the requirement for ‘responsible persons’ of non-government schools to be of good character.

This requirement, as amended, is presented in section 3.9 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.9 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The amendments take effect with the publication of the notice (BOS 56/07).

Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time. The manuals are accessible on the Board's website. [See Official Notice]

Contact


Paul Hewitt
Head, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8313
Email Paul Hewitt

Aug 07, 2007

Amendments to the manuals – Disability Discrimination Act 1992

BOS 42/07 (Vol 16 No 3)

Official Notice BOS 42/07 provides notice of amendments to the registration manuals with regard to the Commonwealth’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005. These amendments relate to the premises and buildings of non-government schools, including boarding facilities, and to the requirement for notifying the Board of Studies in certain circumstances.

The amendments are presented in sections 3.4, 3.9.3 and 3.11.2 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and sections 5.4, 5.9.3 and 5.11.2 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The amendments take effect with the publication of the notice (BOS 42/07).

Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time. The manuals are accessible on the Board's website. [See Official Notice]

Contact: Paul Hewitt
Head, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8313
Email Paul Hewitt

Sep 19, 2006

Amendments to the manuals – annual reports

BOS 42/06 (Vol 15 No 5)

Official Notice BOS 42/06 provides notice of amendments to the registration manuals with regard to additional and revised requirements for annual reporting.

The amendments are presented in section 3.10.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.10.1 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The amendments take effect with the publication of the notice (BOS 42/06). Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time. The manuals are accessible on the Board's website. [See Official Notice]

Contact: Anne Keenan
Inspector, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8424
Email Anne.Keenan

Jul 07, 2005

Amendments to the manuals – outsourced courses

BOS 44/05 (Vol 16 No 3)

Official Notice BOS 44/05 provides notice of amendments to the registration manuals with regard to outsourced courses. The amendments provide for the Board to approve, in exceptional circumstances, the outsourcing of more than a minority of courses from a student’s pattern of study.

The amendments are presented in section 3.2.3 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.2.3 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

The amendments take effect with the publication of the notice (BOS 44/05). Please note that the web versions of the manuals are the most up-to-date manuals at any time. The manuals are accessible on the Board's website. [See Official Notice]

Contact: Anne Keenan
Acting Inspector, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8424
Email Anne.Keenan

Applications Due

Mar 16, 2009

Registration Applications - Reminder

BOS 04/09

Individual non-government schools and registration systems are invited to apply for:

  • renewal of registration
  • initial registration of new Years of schooling to commence in 2010
  • initial registration of new schools seeking to commence in 2010.

Applications are due by 31 March 2009 and are required to be submitted through RANGS Online. (See Official Notice - Registration applications - a reminder)

If you need assistance with RANGS Online please phone the Registration and Accreditation Branch on (02) 9367 8432.

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
Email: george.kelen@bos.nsw.edu.au

Nov 25, 2008

Registration and Accreditation of Non-government Schools Applications Reminder

BOS 44/08 (Vol 17 No 4)

Individual non-government systems and registration systems are invited to apply for:

  • renewal of registration
  • initial registration of new Years of schooling to commence in 2010
  • initial registration of new schools seeking to commence in 2010.

Applications, due to be submitted by 31 March 2009, may be submitted through the RANGS Online facility. (See Official Notice)

If you need assistance with RANGS Online please phone the Registration Unit on 9367 8432.

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
Email George Kelen

Annual Reports

May 19, 2010

Annual reports for the 2009 school year due 30 June 2010

BOS 20/10

All non-government schools are required to produce and publicly disclose a 2009 annual report by 30 June 2010.

The annual reporting requirements are detailed in Section 3.10.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Section 5.10.1 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

A copy of the report must be submitted through the RANGS Online facility by 30 June 2010. (see Official Notice)

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
george.kelen@bos.nsw.edu.au

Mar 16, 2009

Annual reports for the 2008 school year due 30 June 2009

BOS 07/09

All non-government schools must produce and disclose publicly a 2008 annual report by 30 June 2009.

The annual reporting requirements are detailed in section 3.10.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.10.1 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

A copy of the report must be submitted through RANGS Online by 30 June 2009. (see Official Notice - 2008 Annual Reports from Non-government Schools)

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
Email: george.kelen@bos.nsw.edu.au
 

Mar 16, 2009

Annual reports for the 2008 school year due 30 June 2009

BOS 07/09

All non-government schools must produce and disclose publicly a 2008 annual report by 30 June 2009.

The annual reporting requirements are detailed in section 3.10.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.10.1 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

A copy of the report must be submitted through RANGS Online by 30 June 2009. (see Official Notice - 2008 Annual Reports from Non-government Schools)

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
Email: george.kelen@bos.nsw.edu.au
 

Mar 07, 2008

Annual reports for the 2007 school year due 30 June 2008

BOS 15/08 (Vol 17 No 1)

All non-government schools are required to produce and disclose publicly a 2007 annual report by 30 June 2008.

The annual reporting requirements are detailed in section 3.10.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.10.1 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

A copy of the report is required to be submitted to the Board of Studies through the RANGS Online facility by 30 June 2008. [See Official Notice]

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
Email George Kelen

Jan 22, 2008

Annual reports for the 2007 school year due 30 June 2008

BOS 15/08 (Vol 17 No 1)

All non-government schools are required to produce and disclose publicly a 2007 annual report by 30 June 2008.

The annual reporting requirements are detailed in section 3.10.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and section 5.10.1 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

A copy of the report is required to be submitted to the Board of Studies through the RANGS Online facility by 30 June 2008. [See Official Notice]

Contact: George Kelen
Senior Registration Officer
(02) 9367 8280
george.kelen@bos.nsw.edu.au

General advice about annual reports

General information about annual reports was sent to all individual schools and registration systems in January 2008.

The information provided details of the process for submitting an annual report for the 2007 school year.

Attached to the information was further advice to explain some of the requirements that were new in 2007. Schools may find this advice helpful in preparing a report for the 2007 school year. A copy of ‘General advice about annual report requirements that were new in 2007’ is available for download as a PDF.

Contact: Paul Hewitt
Head, Registration and Accreditation
(02) 9367 8313
Email Paul Hewitt

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