The non-State schooling sector is an important part of the State’s education system, representing diverse educational philosophies, and religious and other organisational affiliations.
The Non-State Schools Accreditation Board works predominantly with governing bodies of non-State schools on aspects of accreditation and funding eligibility.
Starting 31 August 2020, the blue card system will change to provide better protection for Queensland children.
Blue Card Services has provided an overview of upcoming changes on their website.
A letter [PDF 163KB] was sent to all governing bodies on 11 August 2020 explaining how the changes impact on governing bodies of non-state schools and their directors.
The Education Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 commenced on 26 June 2020, and expires on 31 December 2020.
The Regulation authorises the Board to extend an eligible period for a period ending on or before 31 December 2020 under the Accreditation Act and the Accreditation Regulation - if necessary for the purposes of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, and if the Accreditation Act and the Accreditation Regulation does not expressly authorise the Board to modify the eligible period.
The Non-State Schools Accreditation Board has written to all non-State school governing bodies to ensure they are aware of the change to the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2017 to acknowledge the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration [PDF 176KB].
Updates and general information regarding coronavirus are available via the following channels:
Queensland Health: Novel coronavirus
Australian Federal Department of Health: Latest updates and information regarding Novel coronavirus
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The provisions of Queensland's Human Rights Act 2019 relating to the prescribed human rights protected under the Act commenced on 1 January 2020.
The main objects of the Act are: (a) to protect and promote human rights; (b) to help build a culture in the Queensland public sector that respects and promotes human rights; and (c) to help promote a dialogue about the nature, meaning and scope of human rights.
As a public entity under the Act, the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board is to act and make decisions in a way that is compatible with human rights, and in making its decisions, the Board is to give proper consideration to a human right relevant to the decision.
Information about human rights complaints may be found within the Board's complaints materials available under Compliance concerns and Complaints under the heading 'Complaints about the Board, a committee of the Board, a member of the Board or committee or a person appointed by the Board as an authorised person'.
In 2019, in preparation for the commencement of the Act, the Board proactively conducted reviews of its policies, procedures, forms, complaints management systems, and decision-making frameworks.
Last updated 1 September, 2020