Legal issues

selected articles from the Queensland Teachers' Journal

Legal: Teacher registration - renew it or regret it

There are few certainties in this life. “Civilians” can rely on death and taxes. Registered teachers in Queensland, however, can rely on a third - every year they must pay an annual fee for teacher registration.

Legal: When "punching bags" fight back

It’s a tabloid staple as reliable as death and taxes. For newspaper editors, violent students physically attacking teachers are the gift that keeps on giving.

Legal: Are you ready for your close up?

If a teacher has refused permission for their image to be used, would that prevent the school from using the image?

Legal: Stop bullying orders

The new Industrial Relations Act 2016 introduces new powers enabling the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) to deal with bullying in the workplace.

Legal: The importance of the first response

It is prudent early in the year to draw attention again to the importance of the first response made by a teacher or school administrator on important issues.

Legal: Queensland workers’ compensation update

A brief update on the proposed introduction of the National Injury Insurance Scheme (the NIIS) in Queensland - QTJ Vol 121 No 6, 2 September 2016, p.25

Legal: Former student awarded damages against teacher abuser

On 20 July 2015, a New South Wales Supreme Court judge awarded a former student damages of $1.228 million against her former teacher for sexual abuse.

Legal:Calling your doc on the day means workcover pay

A Queensland teacher has had her WorkCover claim confirmed as valid - and a timely consultation with her doctor was a key factor in the decision.

Legal: The potential dangers of using computers and how to avoid them

It is vital for teachers to familiarise themselves with the employer’s rules and to comply strictly with them. It is also prudent to apply a cautious common sense approach.

Legal: QCAT gives guidance on physical contact

A decision by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has thrown light on the principles determining the appropriateness of physical contact,which are sometimes unclear, and often misunderstood.

Legal: The challenges of online defamation

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 121 No 1, 5 February 2016, p.28

Legal: Bad behaviour can have dramatic consequences, even if off duty

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 3, 24 April 2015, p.25

Legal: Child protection absolutely front and centre in 2015

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 2, 13 March 2015, p25

Legal: Ethics and law for teachers

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 5, 17 July 2015, p.28

Legal: Dismissal for teacher who taped children to seats

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 4, 5 June 2015, p.29

Legal: When “reasonable management action taken in a reasonable way” is not enough

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 120 No 1, 6 February 2015, p.27