Policies around teacher protection

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Dear Department of Education,

What policies/procedures are in place to ensure Principals and administration people are accountable for their actions?
Is there a written requirement that they must follow? What evidence do they need to provide to prove themselves ? (or is it just based on their word?)
With regards to policies and procedures, is it enough for them just to have the policy documents - are there no other, evidence based, requirements?

Can teachers record meetings, rather than allow just minutes taken? What safety measures are in place for teachers when minutes are subjective and based on the person writing them?
If they are informed prior to the meeting that it will be recorded - is this enough? What are the policies and procedures to protect cold face staff?

What is the policy for the department to keep emails and communications – are they allowed to delete communications from servers? What protocols are in place to prevent the ‘adjustment’ of information?

What policies /procedures are in place for the support and protection of teachers, in relation to the above?

Who can teachers go to for assistance? (The union includes administration so it does not support teaching staff and Fair Work do not deal with public sector!)
Do you have a policy and procedure document for teachers to communicate with people outside of the department for assistance?

Yours faithfully,
C Harris

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Dear C Harris


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relation to teachers.  The administration and operation of schools is a
state or territory responsibility, and any policies and procedures in
relation to teachers would be the responsibility of the various State and
Territory Departments of Education rather than the Commonwealth Department
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