Under the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994, the Chairperson of the Board is required to develop a code of conduct for members of the Board, Funding Committee and other committees, and for any employees of the Board.
A code of conduct must be approved by the relevant Minister.
On 29 June 2011, the Minister approved the Code of Conduct for Members of the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board, the Non-State Schools Eligibility for Government Funding Committee and Other Committees of the Board.
On 29 June 2011, the Minister approved the Code of Conduct for Authorised Persons appointed by the Board under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001, section 144. This code applies to those persons who have been appointed as assessors and auditors under the Accreditation Act.
The Board is an independent body that has certain prescribed statutory responsibilities under the Accreditation Act. It is therefore reasonable to expect that persons who have issues with non-State schools will make complaints about those schools to the Board. The nature of these complaints may be about aspects of school operations or particular incidents that happen in schools.
The Board’s jurisdiction under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2001 is confined to a limited number of matters in relation to non-State schools. The two key areas of this jurisdiction are whether the governing body of a non-State school is suitable to continue to be the school’s governing body; and whether a school is complying, or has not complied, with one or more of the statutory accreditation criteria prescribed by the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2001.
Some complaints received, however, are not of a type that fall within the jurisdiction of the Board. In these situations, the Board directs the complainant to the appropriate authorities who can then address the matters or areas of concern.
The Board acts within the Complaints Management Policy.
Under section 126(5) of the Accreditation Act, the Board may decide matters about the Funding Committee and any other committee of the Board that are not provided for under the Act including, for example, the way a committee must conduct meetings.
On 5 September 2002, the Board approved the Non-State Schools Eligibility for Government Funding Committee Business Procedures (the “Funding Committee Business Procedures”).
The Funding Committee Business Procedures are confined to the Funding Committee and do not extend to other committees that the Board is authorised to constitute from time to time.
The Funding Committee Business Procedures are not a statutory instrument within the meaning of that term in the Statutory Instruments Act 1992.
The Procedures to Deal with Public Interest Disclosures provide a process and guide for the Non-State Schools Accrediation Board to follow and comply with its obligations under the provisions of the PID Act so that a member or an authorised person, or another person, may make a public interest disclosure and be provided information on how to manage the public interest disclosure, including the provision of support.
The Board has in place Purchasing Procedures (Assessors). The Purchasing Procedures (Assessors) take account of the State Purchasing Policy, which applies to all statutory bodies and departments of Government, and to certain Government-owned corporations.
The objectives of the State Purchasing Policy are to:
- advance Government priorities;
- achieve value for money; and
- ensure probity and accountability for outcomes.
The State Purchasing Policy aims to ensure that the benefits of Government purchasing are maximised. The policy is not prescriptive and provides scope for individual agencies to conduct their procurement activities in a manner that enables the agency to link its procurement activities with Government priorities.
The Purchasing Procedures (Assessors), in conjunction with sections 144 and 145 of the Accreditation Act, provide a framework for the Board to:
- recruit suitably qualified and experienced persons as assessors;
- assign assessments to particular assessors in an appropriate manner; and
- provide fair remuneration for the work that gives an appropriate level of assurance to the Board about receiving value for money.
Last updated 1 February, 2017