|Document Owner||Directorate Services|
|Approval Date||12 February 2021|
|Release Date||12 July 2021|
|Compliance Date||12 July 2021|
|Review Date||1 July 2024|
Education Policy in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) is developed to support the implementation of consistent and comprehensive practices to guide quality Catholic learning and teaching in systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong.
Education Policy is developed within the context of documents and frameworks. These include:
Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong values the important contribution that the system, school and staff can make to educational research. Meaningful and authentic engagement has the potential to lead to the development of quality evidence-based theories and practices.
Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong welcomes research projects within systemic schools with academic partners where it can be demonstrated that it will support the maintenance and improvement of the provision of quality Catholic learning and teaching in safe, supportive and respectful environments.
This Policy has been developed to support researchers and school staff in meeting their compliance obligations according to Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), and other relevant legislative requirements.
It is expected that researchers and school staff will take all reasonable measure to comply with this Policy.
The Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Research in Catholic Schools Policy must be implemented in conjunction with the following policies where relevant:
The Senior Professional Officer Education Policy:
The CEDoW Research Committee:
|1.1||seek approval from the Catholic Education Office (CEO) for any research project, prior to making contact with schools or commencing any aspect of the research|
provide satisfactory evidence of the nature and standard of the research
demonstrate a clear understanding of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
complete and submit an Application to Conduct Research in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong which includes
Form A: Confidential Declaration by Principal Researcher (where relevant)
|1.4.2||Form B: Confidential Declaration by Assistant Researcher(s) (where relevant)|
Form C: Agreement to provide research findings
provide with the Application a copy of the Ethics Committee Approval from the researcher's institutional body
|1.6||refer all applications for research to be conducted in their schools to the Catholic Education Office (CEO) for approval prior to the commencement of the research|
|1.7||ensure they do not commission any research without seeking approval by the Catholic Education Office (CEO)|
|1.8||ensure research does not commence in their school until written approval is provided by the Catholic Education Office (CEO)|
|1.9||seek approval from the Catholic Education Office (CEO) for any research project they wish to conduct (as a researcher) in systemic schools, prior to commencing any aspect of the research|
|2.1||conduct the research in accord with their obligations, and in recognition of the obligation of the applicant research body under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) and consequential regulations|
|2.2||conduct the research noting the special responsibilities associated with undertaking research with children and young people, specifically the research body and the researcher's responsibilities and obligations under the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)|
|2.3||provide advice to the Catholic Education Office (CEO) of any variations to the Research application including the research methodology or timeline|
|3.1||provide to Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), upon completion of the research, a copy of the research findings|
|3.2||provide to schools in which the research was conducted, upon completion of the research, a copy of the summary research findings|
|3.3||ensure that any publications of papers or research documents derived from the research acknowledges the cooperation of Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), and the staff and students of the school(s) involved|
Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth)
Education Act 1990 (NSW)
Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth)
Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)
The Research in Catholic Schools Policy Self Assessment is provided to support schools in their implementation of all Policy expectations.
Download the Research in Catholic Schools Policy Self Assessment here [Download as a Word doc, or complete the self-assessment in Google doc format by selecting 'Open with Google Docs' then going to File > Make a Copy]