Policies

We will not knowingly design or maintain websites that promote objectionable or illegal products or services, including spam, gambling, pornography or the distribution of unauthorized copies of copyright protected software, music etc.

Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. We believe that the responsible use of personal information collected on our website is critical to our business objectives and reputation. This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Hume Conservatorium (HumeCon) web site. The types of personal information that may be collected at these pages are: Name, Address, Email address, Phone number(s), IP Address.

Data Security

This web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information. We will avoid collecting sensitive information via the web site, your information is protected both online and off-line. As part of our commitment to privacy, we have adopted this Online Privacy Statement. This Online Privacy Statement has been developed in accordance with the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and applies to the collection, storage, use and dissemination by us of your personal information. Access to our website is conditional on your acceptance of the terms of this Online Privacy Statement. By your use of our website you consent to the collection, storage, use and dissemination of your personal information in accordance with this Online Privacy Statement, as otherwise permitted under the Privacy Act and otherwise in accordance with your consent. If you cannot agree to this Online Privacy Statement you must not use this website.

Our use of the personal information we collect is necessary in order for us to maintain the website and facilitate user's use of the website. When you visit our website our Internet Service Provider makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:

  • your server address and email address;

  • your top level domain name (for example .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.);

  • the date and time of your visit to the website, and the duration of your visit;

  • the pages you accessed and documents downloaded; and

  • the referring site (the site that directed you to ours).

If we provide products for purchase, we will collect credit card details from you to facilitate that payment.

We use Google Analytics and others for website statistical analysis. Google Analytics installs a cookie in your browser to help track your progress through our website, and reports to us information similar to that described above. However, this information is not linked to any personal information you may provide and cannot be used to identify you. You should be able to configure your computer so that it disables cookies or does not accept them.

We will not make any attempt to identify users or their browsing activities. However, in the unlikely event of an investigation required by law a law enforcement agency, or other government agency, may exercise its legal authority to inspect our Internet Service Provider's logs.

We will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that any information we collect in relation to you is kept in a secure environment. However, security cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of the internet.We do not pass on/sell/swap any of your personal details with any third party other than as set out in this Online Privacy Statement or otherwise with your consent. Personal information provided by you will be retained only for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which the information was collected or as required by law.

Users' personal information is uploaded to and kept on severs that we maintain or that are maintained by third parties that comply with strict contractual privacy obligations. It is not otherwise transferred internationally except where a copy is sent to the user itself at their request. Users consent for their personal information to be transferred and stored in this manner at the time of registration. Although our website may link directly to websites operated by third parties (Linked Sites), you acknowledge that Linked Sites are not operated by us. We encourage you to always read the applicable privacy statement of any Linked Site on entering the Linked Site. We are not responsible for the content or practices of the Linked Sites nor their privacy policies regarding the collection, storage, use and dissemination of your personal information.

We will keep a users' personal information confidential and not sell or knowingly divulge user information to advertisers or any other third parties, unless:

  1. we are required to share your information with a third party in order to comply with the law or to comply with a court order or subpoena;

  2. to enforce our website rules;

  3. if it is necessary to provide it to our third party service providers, if any, such as data storage providers, who will be subject to strict contractual privacy obligations; or

  4. to protect the safety and security of our users and our website.

We recognise our responsibility for protecting the privacy of your personal information. If you have questions or comments about our administration of your personal information, please contact us.


We may reasonably provide, where possible and subject to any exemptions allowed under the Privacy Act, access for providers of personal information held about them.


We may from time to time, modify this Online Privacy Statement to reflect changes in the law, self-regulatory initiatives and/or technology. You will be deemed to have consented to such variations by your continued use of the website following such changes being made.

Queries in relation to this Online Privacy Statement or requests for access to your personal information held by us should be addressed to The CEO, Hume Conservatorium, 160 Bourke Street, Goulburn, NSW, 2580

Your Commitment

Consent - Parent / Guardians

When completing the HumeCon enrolment form, including online, parents/guardians are confirming the student is in good health. Any medical condition(s) must also be identified and consent given in case of an emergency requiring medical treatment or treatment at a hospital facility, failure to provide this information is of the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian. Parents/Guardians (or the emergency contact) will always be contacted first before any action is taken, unless life threatening. All information is kept confidential.

Child Safety

Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour and safety at all times whilst on the premises. The teaching faculty are not responsible for students or their siblings playing unsupervised in the waiting room, stairs or car park.

Damage to Property

Students, parents and siblings are liable for any damage to studio contents, property and external surrounds, including the garden and plantings.

Personal Property

Lost property if handed in can be collected at Reception. At the end of each term all unclaimed lost property will be donated to charity.

 

Copyright

All rights reserved in respect of any images used in this site unless otherwise stated. All rights reserved in relation to the design of this site the design may not be copied or altered without the permission of the Executive Management of Hume Conservatorium.

Disclaimer

This site may contain advice, opinions, and statements by third parties. Hume Conservatorium does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any information provider, or any user of this site or other person or entity. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement, or other information shall also be at the User's own risk. Hume Conservatorium nor their affiliates, employees, information providers or content providers shall be liable to any user or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error, omission, interruption, timeliness, completeness, deletion, defect, failure of performance, computer virus, communication line failure, alteration of, or use of any content herein, regardless of cause, for any damages resulting therefrom. Hume Conservatorium may make available from time to time, links to third party web sites abut is not responsible for the contents of any linked sites or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites and is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. All content and information contained on this site, including information relating to any products, is for informational purposes only. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

CHILD & YOUNG PERSON PROTECTION POLICY

Hume Conservatorium is dedicated to the emotional, physical and musical well-being of children under its care. Consequently, as a major strategic concern, the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium is committed to the development and management of policy that governs the safety of students within its care and for the teaching, administrative and auxiliary staff employed by the Hume Conservatorium.

This policy will outline Hume Conservatorium’s policy regarding:

  • Child Protection in general

  • Child Protection Employment Requirements

  • Hume Conservatorium Child Protection Reporting Procedures

  • Hume Conservatorium Actions in response to allegations against Employees – Non-reportable, inappropriate conduct with children

  • Hume Conservatorium Actions in response to allegations against Employees – Reportable Conduct

  • Equity and Confidentiality

  • Roles and Responsibilities

This policy has been developed in line with the NSW Ombudsman guidelines for child protection in the workplace and procedures for the management of child protection and in line with the relevant legislation regarding child protection.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the following Hume Conservatorium policies and contracts:

  • Hume Conservatorium Code of Conduct

  • Hume Regional Conservatorium Risk Management Policy

  • Hume Conservatorium Employment Contracts

  • Relevant Legislation

  • NSW Ombudsman Act 1974

  • Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998

  • Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998

  • Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998

  • Crimes Act 1900

  • Privacy Act 1988

  • Freedom of Information Act 1982

Copies of legislation are available at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act 

Definitions
External organisation: Refers to any organisation including government and non-government primary school, secondary school or pre-school. External organisations also include tertiary institutions, churches or any other organisation where children are engaged. External organisations are also defined as being beyond the administrative or legal control of Hume Conservatorium.

Personnel: refers to any employed, volunteer or visiting person engaged by Hume Conservatorium specifically to work with children. Where personnel are specifically related to Hume Conservatorium they are referred to within this policy as Hume Conservatorium personnel.

Child Protection Policy Statement

 

Mandatory Reporters
A mandatory reporter in NSW is an individual required by under Section 27 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 to report to the Child Protection Helpline (132 111) when he/she has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child, or a group of children, is at risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect, and those grounds arise during the course of, or from, the person’s work. Hume Conservatorium employees are mandatory reporters.

 

Reportable Conduct under the Ombudsman Act 1974
Reportable conduct refers to the following:

  • Any sexual offence or sexual misconduct committed against, with or in the presence of a child (including a child pornography offence or a

  • Offence involving child abuse material [within the meaning of Division

  • 15A of Part 3 of the Crimes Act 1900]); or

  • Any assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child; or

  • Any behaviour that causes psychological harm to a child, whether or not, in any case, with the consent of the child.

Young Persons (Age 16–17 years)
As a mandatory reporter in NSW, you should also report concerns you have about the safety, welfare, or well being of a young person, under Section 24 Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

Procedures for reporting concerns
If there are concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child or young person normal procedures for reporting to FaCS are to be followed:

  • Inform the Hume Conservatorium CEO

  • Gather relevant information to make a report to Family and Community Services (FaCS) however, staff are not permitted to investigate or probe students for further information. Where a legitimate concern exists report first.

  • Provide any further information required by the FaCS Helpline Officer

  • If these concerns relate directly to the actions of the CEO, report these directly to FaCS via their Helpline on 132 111.

 

Safeguards for people making a report
The identity of any individual who makes a report is confidential, although it is necessary to provide some identifying details when a report is made to FaCS Helpline.


Any person who makes a report in good faith to FaCS (or to a person who has the power or responsibility to protect the child or young person, i.e. Hume Conservatorium CEO) has the following protection by law:

  • the making of a report does not constitute a breach of professional ethics or a departure from accepted standards of professional conduct

  • no liability for defamation can be incurred because of the report

  • the report is not admissible in any proceedings as evidence against the person who made the report

  • a person cannot be compelled in any proceedings to provide the report or give evidence of any of its contents

  • no person may disclose to anyone (including the parent/carer) the identity of the person who makes the report unless with the person's permission, or in accordance with a court order

  • no staff member should respond to an enquiry or complaint about a report or confirm or deny that any report has been made

 

Child Protection Employment Requirements
Hume Conservatorium requires that all activities conducted by the Hume Conservatorium or in conjunction with Hume Conservatorium including, but not restricted to, teaching, excursions, conducting, recitals, examinations and performance programs in government and non-government schools or other external organisations conform to the Hume Conservatorium Risk Management policies and procedures regarding child protection and OH&S.

 

Accordingly:

All new personnel involved with children under the auspice of the Hume Conservatorium will be required to complete a NSW Working with Children Check as per the requirements of the Commission for Children and Young People and the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Application and information for the NSW Working with Children Check can be done at the Office of the Children’s Guardian website: http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-with-Children-Check 

All Hume Conservatorium personnel are required to provide the Hume Conservatorium with their NSW Working with Children Check Number prior to the commencement of employment.


All offers of employment with the Hume Conservatorium are contingent upon a successful Working with Children Check.


As at the 1 July 2013 the NSW Working With Children Check system changed. For existing employees of the Hume Conservatorium at the 1/7/2013 their current Working With Children Check remained current until the 1st April 2016. All current and new employees of the Hume Conservatorium are responsible for and must have applied for, and provided to Hume Conservatorium, their NSW Working With Children Number prior to, or before continuing their employment. A failure to provide the Working With Children Check number by this date will result in immediate suspension of duties without pay until the Working with Children Check has been completed.


All personnel engaged with Hume Conservatorium will be required to adhere to Hume Conservatorium Code of Conduct.


Child Protection training is a fundamental requirement of Hume Conservatorium employment. Training in Child Protection is a legislative requirement and applies to all Hume Conservatorium personnel. Training in Child Protection is mandatory and will be provided at Hume Conservatorium’s expense.


Offsite teaching studios may not be utilised except where written approval from the Hume Conservatorium Risk Management Committee has been received. Schools where Hume Conservatorium programs are in operation will be required to assist the Hume Conservatorium in the management of the Hume Conservatorium Child Protection Policy.


At the commencement of duties and annually thereafter this policy and training will be updated and signed off by all Hume Conservatorium staff as being read and understood.

Hume Conservatorium Child Protection Reporting Procedures

When allegations have been made against Hume Conservatorium staff to the Hume Conservatorium


The Hume Conservatorium will treat all reports in strict confidentiality and protect the professional reputation of teachers at all times. Hume Conservatorium will operate all child protection matters on an allegation basis.

All Hume Conservatorium personnel are required to report any matter pertaining to the protection of children under this policy.

All Hume Conservatorium personnel are required to report any Child Protection matter to the Hume Conservatorium CEO or their nominee within three days.

Hume Conservatorium will report immediately to Family and Community Services (FaCS) in accordance with the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 and Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003.

In accordance with legislation, the Hume Conservatorium will report any allegation of child abuse without initial reference to the personnel to FaCS and the Ombudsman’s Office. Under legislation, Hume Conservatorium will not investigate the matter further until formal investigations by relevant external organisations are complete.

When a school has lodged an allegation regarding Hume Conservatorium staff
Where allegations are made against any Hume Conservatorium personnel within the jurisdiction of an external organisation including schools, the Hume Conservatorium will take advice from that organisation and the relevant child protection agency attached to that organisation.

Where allegations relate to reportable conduct, the Hume Conservatorium CEO will report the matter independently to the external organisation to FaCS and/or the police where appropriate.

Hume Conservatorium will suspend all duties of the recipient of the allegation with that external organisation until cleared by that organisation’s child protection agency, or the Police depending upon the nature and seriousness of the allegation.

Hume Conservatorium reserves the right not to suspend personnel from other Hume Conservatorium activities where insufficient evidence is provided by the external organisation to support suspension. Where allegations are of a serious or sexual nature, Hume Conservatorium will act in accordance to advice from the Department of Community Services, the Police, NSW Commission for Young People or the relevant Child Protection agency attached to the external organisation.

Allegation management of non Hume Conservatorium staff
Where allegations are made to Hume Conservatorium relating to persons who are not Hume Conservatorium Personnel, Hume Conservatorium will report any allegation of abuse according to legislative requirements as detailed in the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (CCYP). Where abuse is alleged to have occurred within the jurisdiction of an external organisation, Hume Conservatorium will act in accordance with the legislation and consult with the Child Protection Agency attached to the external organisation.

All allegations will be held in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

Allegation Management of HUME CONSERVATORIUM Personnel

Hume Conservatorium’s Actions in response to allegations against Employees – Non-reportable, Inappropriate conduct with children
Where conduct is deemed non-reportable by the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 and Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003 and the CCYP Act 1998, the Hume Conservatorium reserves the right to:
Take appropriate disciplinary action, upon legal advice, where personnel are alleged to have acted inappropriately with children.

Hume Conservatorium Actions in response to allegations against Employees – Reportable Conduct
Where conduct is deemed reportable by the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974, CCYP Act 1998 and the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003, and pending the outcome of investigations by the relevant external agencies, Hume Conservatorium reserves the right to:
Casual Staff: Suspend without pay any casual personnel from all Hume Conservatorium activities where allegations relate to serious or sexual abuse of children. This includes any behavior regarded under the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 or the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003 and the CCYP Act 1998 as reportable conduct. This suspension will be reviewed every four weeks after appropriate risk assessment of evidence available to the Hume Conservatorium.

Salaried Staff: Suspend contract personnel on full pay for the duration of the investigation from all Hume Conservatorium activities where allegations relate to serious or sexual abuse of children. This includes any behavior regarded under the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 or the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2003 as reportable conduct.

This matter will be reviewed every four weeks after appropriate risk assessment of evidence available to the Hume Conservatorium. Updates will be provided to the suspended personnel at the same time.
The conditions of suspension will be reviewed at 10 weeks from suspension date where investigations do not reject, on the basis of evidence, the allegation.

The Hume Conservatorium Board of Management reserves the right, upon appropriate risk assessment and legal advice, to terminate a contract where criminal charges are laid or where investigations have been suspended and evidence available to the Hume Conservatorium suggests further contact, by the alleged, with children carries a high probability of risk to children or Hume Conservatorium.

All Hume Conservatorium staff: Hume Conservatorium reserves the right to terminate any personnel contract immediately upon advice from the Ombudsman, Police or other authority where criminal charges are made against any Hume Conservatorium personnel or where extreme risk to children or Hume Conservatorium is probable.

Equity and Confidentiality
Hume Conservatorium will treat all allegations in the strictest of confidence under the Privacy Act 1988 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Hume Conservatorium will provide wherever possible emotional and medical support to any child or adult who has been the recipient of abuse while in the care of Hume Conservatorium at the time of the abuse or where the abuse was inflicted by Hume Conservatorium personnel.

Any Hume Conservatorium personnel who are the recipient of an allegation of abuse will be offered whatever emotional support may be required to assist them through the investigative process.

All Hume Conservatorium personnel are required to maintain strict confidentiality relating to all aspects of this policy or any case/ situation/ investigation falling under this policy. Any breach of confidentiality in relation to any case/ situation/ investigation falling under this policy will be regarded as serious and will attract disciplinary action or, where appropriate and in conjunction with legal advice, termination of contract.

Roles and Responsibilities

Hume Conservatorium Personnel
All Hume Conservatorium Personnel are required to make themselves available for Child Protection Training as provided or required by the Hume Conservatorium’s Child Protection Policy.

All Hume Conservatorium Personnel are bound by the NSW Ombudsman’s Act 1974 to report any incident of Child Abuse within the context of the Hume Conservatorium and this policy to Hume Conservatorium Director within three days of the receipt of the allegation. A failure to report an allegation of abuse within this time frame may result in disciplinary action or termination of contract depending upon the nature of the allegation.

Hume Conservatorium CEO


Hume Conservatorium CEO will manage the Hume Conservatorium’s Child Protection Policy and ensure that all Hume Conservatorium personnel are trained in Child Protection.

The Hume Conservatorium CEO will report all allegations of abuse to FaCS and CCYP within three days of receipt of the allegation. A failure to report in accordance with legislative requirements may result in disciplinary action or termination of employment.

The Hume Conservatorium CEO will advise and consult with the Hume Conservatorium OH&S Officer in the management of Hume Conservatorium Risk Management Policy and the relevant linking of policies to Child Protection.

The Hume Conservatorium CEO will inform, under the confidentiality conditions of this policy, the Chair of the Hume Conservatorium Board of Management any allegations made against Hume Conservatorium Personnel.

The Hume Conservatorium CEO will, upon consultation with the Hume Conservatorium Board of Management, enact any component of this policy as required. The Hume Conservatorium CEO is required to ensure the Hume Conservatorium Board of Management, is made aware of all allegations against Hume Conservatorium Personnel in relation to risk management. The Hume Conservatorium CEO is not entitled to disclose confidential aspects of any allegation to the Board of Management beyond that which is required to manage risk. The Hume Conservatorium Board of Management must treat all matters falling under this policy as strictly confidential under the relevant legislation.

The Hume Conservatorium CEO is required at the completion of any employment proceedings in relation to this policy to notify CCYP under attachment 8 of the Working with Children Check Guidelines. The Hume Conservatorium CEO will, in accordance with Attachment 10 of the guidelines, notify the personnel involved with the notification of any relevant notifications utilising the pro-forma documents provided by CCYP.

Hume Conservatorium Risk Management Committee


The Hume Conservatorium Executive team (functioning as the Risk Management Committee) will ensure that all Hume Conservatorium activities are conducted within acceptable levels of risk. Where appropriate, the Hume Conservatorium Risk Management Committee may recommend the suspension of services to external organisations where that organisation fails to meet acceptable standards to teaching facilities in relation to child protection.

The Hume Conservatorium Risk Management Committee will ensure that it remains the currency of Hume Conservatorium Child Protection Policy and maintains the Hume Conservatorium Child Protection Policy in accordance with any changes to the relevant legislation.

Further, the Hume Conservatorium Risk Management Committee will equip the Hume Conservatorium CEO with current legal rights and responsibilities as regards child protection, staff legal support and child welfare.

Hume Conservatorium Board of Management


The Hume Conservatorium Board of Management will provide oversight on all aspects of this policy.

The Hume Conservatorium Board of Management, at the Chair’s discretion, will meet as required in order to ensure all aspects of this policy have been managed in accordance with policy and legislative requirements by the Hume Conservatorium CEO and personnel.