Safeguarding Student Data: the interplay between legal, ethical and moral obligations

31st October, 2019 @ 9:00 am


31/10/2019 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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With connected technology now being used in the majority of classrooms, it’s critical for schools to increase their understanding about cyber security and keeping student data safe. This includes clear insight into what data is being collected, stored and shared by EdTech vendors, and what those companies might make of that data. In its 2019 report, Digital Platforms Inquiry, the ACCC suggested schools should regularly review policy, practice and systems that relate to the collection, management, and use of Personal information, together with educating all staff on their privacy obligations when handling student data. In a bid to raise awareness of these obligations, AISSA, in partnership with RTG and BrightBytes, is pleased to offer a four hour workshop to AISSA member schools regarding practices relating to a school’s Digital Privacy, Safety and Security approach.


Target audience: Principals, school leaders, Business Managers, IT Managers, Risk & Compliance team members


By attending this four hour workshop, participants will:

  • Build confidence in developing and implementing appropriate procedures for responding to a data breach or cyber security incident.
  • Strengthen their understanding of data privacy and security compliance to meet legal, technical and moral obligations to safeguard student data.
  • Gain insight about school and teacher accountability for data privacy, safety and security, particularly when utilising third party products for school purposes.
  • Be provided with a selection of resources to strengthen understanding of data privacy, digital safety, and cyber security.


Workshop Presenters

Melanie Gillies is the Education Solutions Consultant at RTG. She has worked in the education and not-for-profit sector for 18 years, specialising in digital technologies curriculum design, and cyber safety and security policy and practice. Before RTG, Melanie worked with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation as the Senior Advisor for the eSmart Schools program. Skilled in classroom teaching, school leadership, training delivery, organisational and project management, Melanie is currently completing research towards her Master of Education thesis, titled “Creating digital efficacy in the contemporary classroom: maximising connectivity, minimising risk”. The aim of her research is to investigate the impact of transparency, accountability and consent on student data privacy between schools and third-party vendor agreements.

Rowan Freeman is the Head of Learning and Technology Consulting at RTG. An energetic, determined innovator with ten years in secondary and tertiary educational leadership, Rowan is focused on sustainable change in education, effective change management, technology-enabled learning and teaching and analytics strategy to drive practical outcomes. Rowan has a Master of Education, completing case study research exploring factors that motivate secondary teachers to engage in professional learning, using the stages of teacher professional practice as the comparative factor.


There is no fee to attend this event.  Please book to reserve your place before 24/10/2019

Parking is available in nearby streets. Please refer to AISSA 128 Greenhill Road Parking Map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6 minute walk from our office.

For all registration enquiries please contact Emily Metelmann


This event is fully booked.