Archived announcementsPrevious announcements from the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board include:
- Census Day - Friday, 25 February 2022
- Instructions for the completion of the Census have been published.
- The online Census form was made available on Friday, 25 February 2022.
- On 1 February 2022, a letter [PDF 189KB] was sent to all governing bodies in relation to the 2022 Census. An additional letter [PDF 194KB] was sent to the Principals of all open schools.
- Media statement released Friday, 4 February 2022 in relation to Citipointe Christian College
- Student-intake days for new schools, new sites or years of schooling
- The Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendments Act 2020
- Changes to the blue card system
- The Education Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020
- Amendment to the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2017 to acknowledge the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration
- The Non-State Schools Accreditation Board has written to all non-State school governing bodies to ensure they are aware of a number of important legislative matters [PDF 82KB] that potentially impact on them or on non-State schools under their governance.
The matters relate to:
- the Crime and Corruption Act 2001;
- the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010; and
- the Human Rights Act 2019
- Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019
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.
Non-State schools that are accredited to commence a new school, a new site or a new year of schooling at the beginning of the 2022 school year, and have an approved student-intake day prior to Monday, 7 February 2022 are not required to apply to change the relevant student-intake day in light of the revised formal start of the school year.
Non-State schools that are delaying the commencement of a new school, new site or new year of schooling beyond 7 February 2022 are still required to submit an application to change the relevant student-intake day and provide details of the circumstances for the delay and the revised student-intake day(s). Application forms can be found on the Board’s website under Forms and notices.
On 8 June 2021, a letter [PDF 188KB] was sent to all governing bodies about the commencement of changes that were made to the Queensland Criminal Code, in relation to providing greater protection for children from sexual abuse.
The new laws in relation to reporting and protecting children from sexual abuse will commence on Monday, 5 July 2021.
All governing bodies were advised of these changes in a letter [PDF 200KB] sent on 17 November 2020.
On 31 August 2020, the blue card system changed 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 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
Last updated 24 June, 2022