Building a school culture that values compliance and governance
is the key behind delivering trust and integrity. To build this
culture is to cast a protective net over your staff and
The school education framework in Australia is undergoing
critical change. As a result, schools are under increasing pressure
to educate students while negotiating a constant shift in
legislative, fiscal and economic requirements. Such challenges also
create a greater expectation on your compliance and risk processes
to protect your school from harm.
Inherent in reducing and managing your risk is the process of
governance. Governance can be defined as the mechanisms put in
place to control and monitor an organisation. Good governance
processes allow schools to create value by operating in an
environment that is transparent and manages the risk of
Regulatory changes introduced by the Australian Charities &
Not-for-Profit Commission have introduced five principle based
governance standards. At a minimum, these provide guidelines within
the regulatory environment that schools should aim to achieve.
These 5 principles cover:
The purposes and Not-for-Profit Character of a Charity
Accountability to Members
Compliance with Australian Law
Suitability of Responsible Entities
Duties of Responsible Entities
How we will help you
Moore Stephens has built a National Education Group – a
team of dedicated education specialists who share a wealth of
experience in their work with independent colleges, private and
religious schools of Australia.
From governance reviews and advice, through to strategic
business planning, compliance monitoring and internal control
assessments, Moore Stephens will work in partnership with you to
ensure that you continue to meet both your governance goals and
those of your stakeholders.
We will help you to ensure your governance processes are robust
and sound and meet the expectations set in regulation by the ACNC
and other bodies within the Not-for-Profit arena.
We have developed a unique governance review process
specifically designed for schools. The review process covers 5
steps, as outlined on the next page.
Governance review process
Step 1: Engagement
Meet with your team to confirm the approach.
Step 2: Research
Identify documentation to assist us in the performance of an
assessment review, such as Strategic plan, Board of Management and
organisation formal structure and procedures, risk management
Step 3: Review
Meet with your team and conduct the review using our unique
Governance Health Check Tool.
Step 4: Report
Draft Governanance Review Report and discuss with your team.
Step 5: Finalisation
Finalise report with your team and meet with the board to
Coordination and Control
The overall coordination of the Governance Review Health Check
is the responsibility of your relationship partner who maintains an
involvement throughout the review process. We will monitor progress
and inform you of any unexpected deviations from the planned
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