Compliance concerns about non-State schools, governing bodies, or unaccredited places

The role of the Board

The Board operates under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017.

The Board's functions include:

  • deciding the accreditation of non-State schools
  • deciding the eligibility for government funding of governing bodies for accredited non State schools
  • monitoring accredited non State schools and their governing bodies
  • examining whether a place is being operated as, or held out as, a school without Board accreditation.

The Board is authorised to deal with your concern only if it is within the Board's legislative jurisdiction.

The Board is not a tribunal or industry ombudsman.

Concerns the Board is able to consider about a non State school, or its governing body

The Board is authorised to only consider matters related to whether a non-State school, or its governing body, is complying with the requirements of the Act.

For example, concerns the Board may consider include:

  • suitability of the governing body to govern the school
  • the school's administration and governance
  • the school's financial viability
  • the school's educational program
  • the school's student welfare processes
  • the school's resources
  • the school's improvement processes
  • the school being operated for profit (if eligible for government funding).

Concerns the Board is able to consider about a place operating as a school without Board accreditation

The Board is authorised to only consider concerns about:

  • a person operating a school without accreditation by the Board
  • a person holding out a school as being an accredited school if it is not accredited by the Board.

What the Board is unable to consider about a non-State school or its governing body

Concerns the Board cannot consider include:

  • student fees and charges
  • student awards
  • student reports
  • students repeating grades
  • allocation of teachers.

When raising a compliance concern

  • Be informed about the Board's role and what is within its authority
  • Provide all particulars and details you have about the non-compliance so the Board can properly assess the issue
  • Be aware that the information you disclose to the Board may be a 'public interest disclosure' under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

Privacy information

This form collects information to enable the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board to consider compliance concerns raised about non-State schools, its governing bodies or unaccredited places.

Certain data collected in this form is 'personal information' within the meaning of the Queensland Government Information Privacy Act 2009, which deals with the collection and handling of such information by government agencies.

This form collects personal information about:

  • A contact person for the purpose of processing the concern
  • Details about persons involved in the concern

The information collected in this form may be disclosed to the following entities:

  • Governing body subject of the concern
  • Non-State school subject of the concern
  • Unaccredited place subject of the concern

In the event that the person submitting the form is providing personal information on behalf of someone else, it is the person's responsibility to ensure that the person has the correct information and authority to submit the information.

Certain information collected in this form may also be published on the Board's website and under Open data (data.qld.gov.au) if suitable for release. In other instances, the information collected in this form can be disclosed without further consent where authorised or required by law.

Notification of the outcome of a compliance concern

The Board will notify you of the conclusion of its investigation. Due to the strict confidentiality obligations imposed on the Board by the Act for certain situations, the Board may not be in a position to advise you of the particulars of its investigation or the outcome.

Further information

Refer to the Board's website for information about raising a compliance concern with the Board, its relating policy and procedures for managing compliance concerns and fact sheet.

Concerned party details

Contact details

Provide your details so that the Board may respond to your concern.
A concern can be raised anonymously, but this may restrict the Board's examination of the concern, or in some cases prevent the concern being examined.

About you

Specify in what capacity you are lodging this compliance concern.

Please specify:

Refer to Making a public interest disclosure: A guide for individuals working in the public sector, p.5 for a definition of a 'public officer' and to establish whether your concern is a disclosure under the PID Act.

 

Resolving your concern with the non-State school or its governing body (Optional)

As a first step, it is open to you to seek to resolve your compliance or other concern directly with the governing body or senior officials of the non-State school. In the case of a compliance concern – seeking a local resolution does not prevent you from raising your concern with the Board at any time.

Actions to date

✱ indicates a mandatory field.

Raising your compliance concern with the Board

Details

Provide the following details as they relate to the concern about the non State school, governing body or unaccredited place.

You can upload supporting documentation below.

Declaration

If the Board considers that the matters you raise are within its jurisdiction, then it will investigate the concern. This will mean that the Board may provide a copy of your concern and all related documents to the governing body for its response. This may involve disclosure of your identity.

Declaration by concerned party

Please indicate, giving reasons, if you do not authorise the Board to disclose your identity.

Reason/s:
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