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What We Do for Australian Schools and Authorities

We help schools and authorities make sure they have the required policies, procedures and work practices in place so they continuously meet their legal obligations for their jurisdiction.

Here’s What We Can Simplify For You:

We do this by providing a complete solution that includes:

Policies

We provide a suite of customised policies and procedures that are maintained and updated in line with legal, regulatory and best practice changes. We stay on top of these changes, so you have peace of mind.

Platform

We provide online tools for:

  • ✓ Publishing your policies in a central place where they are searchable and version controlled.
  • ✓ Assigning and tracking tasks, capturing incidents, assessing risk and reporting.
  • ✓ Training staff and tracking results.

People

We’re with you every step of the way. Our experienced staff have backgrounds in Education, Law and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) consulting and have the expertise to make it work in your school.

“CompliSpace provides a technological environment for the management of governance, risk and compliance across our group of schools. We now have confidence that our standardised policies, procedures and staff training are compliant with current legislative requirements. CompliSpace staff are knowledgeable, responsive and engaged, meeting our specific needs in a timely manner.”

Cheryl Smith, Organisational Development Manager
Anglican Schools Corporation

“CompliSpace is where everyone in our school goes for anything from a leave form to petty cash, from logging an incident to a compliment or complaint. We don’t have to track down a form in the staff room, we just click through and get it. We call it our ‘Single source of school truth.’”  

Kent Peters
Guildford Grammar School, WA

Quick Facts

600+

Schools

25

Education Authorities

300,000+

Students

School Governance

This weekly newsletter is the Australian school sector’s leading news and information source on issues related to governance, risk management, compliance and policy management.

Essential reading for principals, bursars, business managers, senior staff and board members of schools wanting to remain informed on the latest developments on the governance front and to generally keep up to date on what’s happening in schools in Australia and overseas.

FAQs

How will CompliSpace help us manage risk at multiple levels including Board, Executive and Operational?

CompliSpace has developed a detailed Enterprise Risk Management Program specifically for the education sector based on the International Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009).

Our team will work with you to tailor the program to your specific risk profile, and help you to establish a framework to assist you to manage the Risk Management Process and ensure that information about risk is adequately captured and reported to be used as a basis for decision making and accountability at all relevant organisational levels.

Integrated Risk Management functionality will give you the ability to:

  • Capture, rate and manage risks across a range of operational areas
  • Capture corresponding compliance obligation designed to either control or treat the risk
  • Link the risk register to the relevant policies and procedures
  • Maintain risk registers at multiple organisational levels (e.g. by individual school and on a consolidated group basis)
  • Assign associated tasks relative to each risk and control to the appropriate person
  • Set appropriate reminders, notifications and escalations
How does a school benefit from working with CompliSpace?

CompliSpace works with schools to implement simple and sustainable solutions that provide peace of mind that regulatory requirements are covered and confidence that policies and procedures are correct, up to date, and effectively communicated to staff.

Schools have described CompliSpace as “A single source of knowledge” and as “Taking the dusty handbook from the shelf and bringing it to life for staff and students.”

We have registration coming up, how can CompliSpace help?

Our team have mapped key documents required for registration/accreditation across all states and territories. These documents have been maintained in line with the relevant Authorities’ requirements and will assist you with preparing for registration now and on an ongoing basis, to help you stay ‘continuously compliant’.

Our clients have told us that CompliSpace has saved them a considerable amount in time and resource costs spent on registration.

Our school is about to undertake a policy review. How can CompliSpace help?

We get it, managing and keeping policies up-to-date is hard work!

We take the pain out of ad-hoc policy review projects by assisting you with undertaking a gap analysis and providing a library of best-practice and legally compliant policies and procedures that will assist you to review and implement in layers based on priority.

The biggest resource benefit to you is that we will be able to refocus your current efforts to tailoring the content as appropriate to the school rather than researching and drafting it from scratch.

On an ongoing basis, we will help you maintain policies and procedures through our updates – this will again help your resources focus on the practical implementation of key policies at the staff level rather than trying to monitor and maintain policies in a manual or ad hoc way.

How does a System, Governing Body or group of school’s benefit from working with CompliSpace?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to working with groups because types of groups vary – from centralised control systems to light-touch governance governing bodies to affiliated groups of schools.

At the heart of each group is the knowledge that the governance, risk and compliance challenges faced by member schools are increasing and each group is committed to supporting schools with addressing these challenges.

CompliSpace works with groups of all shapes and sizes to develop tailored solutions. Some common benefits include:

  • Multi-level policy management – Development of a policy control platform to provide consistent, legally compliant policies and procedures across the group whilst supporting the individuality of each school.
  • Multi-Level Reporting – Development of a system to deliver transparency with regards to the levels of compliance across the group and improved management reporting to enable and the governing body and/or individual school councils to make better decisions.
  • Time, resource and cost efficiencies – Reduced duplication and enhanced efficiency provide substantial savings across the board. We work with groups to develop solutions to meet their needs and budgets, ensuring it’s sustainable for all schools from big to small.
What does a ‘typical package’ for a school look like?

There is no typical package when it comes to implementing a tailored governance, risk, compliance and policy management solution, but our recommendation to clients is to start small, with a focus on key drivers.

In our experience, key drivers tend to be ‘Enterprise Risk’ or ‘People Risk’.

Clients with a focus on ‘Enterprise Risk’ start with an Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance Program that will help them to identify and implement tools to manage risk and compliance from the top down.

Clients with a focus on ‘People Risk’ tend to start with implementing programs to assist them with managing policies, procedures, risk and compliance obligations arising from Workplace Health & Safety, Student Duty of Care and Child Protection.

What are some of the benefits of using CompliSpace?
  • Peace of mind and confidence – From knowing that you’re meeting your obligations, have a system to make sure you do what needs to be done and have a way to ensure staff are trained. You have a trusted partner to keep up with changes to the law and you have a way to prove your compliance.
  • Save time – Because documents are stored in one place, are searchable and version controlled, there’s no more digging for answers or fielding questions on where things are.
  • Save money – companies have halved their auditing costs and organisations have avoided hiring specialist staff, consultants or law firms.
  • Efficiency – Incident reporting, complaints, compliments. For schools, re-registration process is faster and more efficient
  • Preserve knowledge – Knowledge isn’t lost when someone leaves or is inaccessible. Anyone can get the answers they need at any time.
  • Accountability – Everything is measurable, trackable and reportable, so you know where you stand and can share that knowledge with staff, executives, the board and outside regulators.
How will CompliSpace help us to induct staff outside of personal development days?

CompliSpace includes a training tool so that you can provide training, track completion and results.

How do I request a demo?

It’s easy to set up a demo. Simply email or call us and we’ll set up a time that works for you. 

SYDNEY

t: 1300 132 090

t: +61 (0) 2 9299 6105

f: +61 (0) 2 9299 2805

e: contactus@complispace.com.au

 

PERTH

t: +61 (0) 8 9460 5200

e: contactus@complispace.com.au

 

VICTORIA

t: 1300 132 090

e: contactus@complispace.com.au