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Staff Responsible Use of Technology Policy



Document Owner Office of the Director
Approval Date 27 March 2019
Release Date 2 April 2019
Compliance Date 2 April 2019
Review Date 1 December 2023
Updated 12 September 2022
Version History  
12 September 2022 
  •  Addition of multi-factor authentication; minor updates as per policy review cycle

introduction and context


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 Diocesan schools.

Education Policy is developed within the context of documents and frameworks. These include:


The use of technology contributes to broadening the availability of learning and teaching options and enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of educational administration. Maintaining an ethical, safe and supportive learning and working environment in relation to the appropriate use of technology is the responsibility of all users.

This Policy sets out the basis upon which all workers are able to use technology provided by CEDoW and the responsible use of personal technologies when interacting in what can be reasonably perceived as a work-related context. The responsibilities for the use of all technologies applies to both official and personal use of technical resources.

The Policy relates to the use of all technology and applies to all CEDoW Staff and Non-staff workers. CEDoW has the right to access all technologies used in the context of undertaking CEDoW work-related activities for various purposes including auditing, forensic data gathering, planning and fault determination.


It is expected that workers take all reasonable measures to comply with the CEDoW Staff Responsible Use of Technology Policy.

This Policy must be implemented in conjunction with the following policies and documents where relevant:

• CEDoW Code of Conduct in the Protection of Children and Young People

• CEDoW Complaints and Grievances Policy and Procedure

• CEDoW Maintaining Right Relationships

• CEDoW Social Media Policy

• CEDoW Staff Relations Policy

CEDoW Work Health and Safety Policy  


1   technology environment

workers MUST:
 1.1 be aware that technology is provided according to CEDoW Staff Technology Entitlements
 1.2 be aware that not all communication channels are filtered and therefore the use of all channels should be treated with extreme care
 1.3 maintain a secure technology environment on all technology used for CEDoW activities including a strong password and multi-factor authentication
 1.4 be aware they are liable for all use of technology using their username and password including financial and legal liabilities emanating from their account
 1.5 not share their password or use another worker's username and password at any time

report all damage, loss or theft of technologies within 24 hours (or as soon as reasonably practicable) to the police where necessary and to the Principal/Supervisor including:

   1.6.1  CEDoW supplied technology
   1.6.2  personal technology used for CEDoW activities
1.7 use the most efficient and secure communication channel available 
1.8 make available CEDoW supplied technology for auditing purposes when requested
1.9 comply with a reasonable directive of the Principal/Head of People and Culture/Delegate to provide access for forensic data gathering, planning and fault determination where reasonable grounds exist in relation to inappropriate use or a suspected breach of CEDoW policy on:
  1.9.1  CEDoW supplied technology
  1.9.2  personal technology used for CEDoW activities
  1.9.3  personal technology used for personal purposes using CEDoW resources
 1.10 be aware that their use of technology may be monitored

2   responsible use of technology by workers

2.1 provide technology to workers according to CEDoW Staff Technology Entitlements
2.2  address any non-compliance with the CEDoW Responsible Technology Use Standards  by workers according to the CEDoW Responsible Technology Use Standards Non-Compliance Procedure
2.3  adhere to the CEDoW Data Breach Response Procedure  when a suspected data breach has occurred when using technology
workers MUST:
2.4 use technology according to the CEDoW Staff Responsible Technology Use Standards  when using:
  2.4.1 CEDoW technology for valid CEDoW-related contexts
  2.4.2 personally owned technology for CEDoW activities 
  2.4.3 CEDoW technology for limited personal purposes 
2.5 be aware that inappropriate use of technology can result in, but is not limited to:
  2.5.1 loss of individual access to systems
  2.5.2 loss of individual access to technology
  2.5.3 disconnection of entire sites from the CEDoW network
  2.5.4 notification to an external agency
  2.5.5 action according to the CEDoW Staff Relations Policy, which may include disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment
  2.5.6 criminal charges or legal proceedings
2.6 ensure that personal use of technology does not negatively impact on:
  2.6.1 their ability to meet professional responsibilities and duties and/or
  2.6.2 CEDoW or any of its school communities
2.7 report promptly to the Principal/Supervisor when they are concerned about inappropriate use of technology on:
  2.7.1 CEDoW supplied technology
  2.7.2 any technology that may negatively impact on CEDoW or any of its school communities 
2.8 adhere to the CEDoW Social Media Policy  and comply with the CEDoW Social Media Standards  when using social media
2.9 report a suspected data breach when using technology to the Principal/Supervisor according to the CEDoW Data Breach Response Procedure  
2.10 participate in the investigation of a suspected data breach as requested 


staff responsible use of technology POLICY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN


  • The CEDoW Staff Responsible Technology Use of Technology Policy was released on 2 April 2019, as part of the release of the Social Media Policy.
  • The Policy was revised and reformatted to align more closely with the CEDoW Social Media Policy and to reflect the Policy interactive format.


  • Schools are expected to be compliant to all Expectations of the Policy from 2 April 2019.
  • Schools are expected to utilise all Procedures from 2 April 2019
  • Any school that determines they will not be able to implement all Expectations from 2 April must contact the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy.


  • Schools’ compliance to the Policy expectations will occur through a range of Compliance processes.
  • Additional Compliance processes may be utilised if there are concerns raised about the quality of Technology Use at the School or Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW).
  • The monitoring the Staff Responsible Use of Technology Policy is challenging within the context of dynamic educational, social and technological environments and responsibility for this is jointly managed by Human Resource Services and the Information and and Communications Learning Technologies Team. 
  • Any advice about changes to the Technology environment legislatively or administratively that necessitate a change in the Policy expectations must be presented to the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy. Where appropriate the Policy will be amended and appropriate communication to schools will be provided by the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy. 
  • A formal evaluation process of the Staff responsible Use of Technology Policy be conducted in December 2021.


  • The Staff Responsible Technology Use of Technology Policy will be published on the CEDoW website under Education Policy. The Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy is responsible for ensuring the Policy’s version currency and accuracy.
  • Schools should contact the Senior Professional Officer: Education Policy for any clarifications regarding Policy.


Australian Education Act 2013  (Cth)

State Record Act 1998  (NSW)

Defamation Act 2005  (NSW)

Workplace Surveillance Act 2005  (NSW)

Anti-Discrimination Act 1977  (NSW)

Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998  (NSW)

Crimes Act 1900  (NSW)

Crimes Act 1914  (Cth)

Telecommunications Act 1997  (Cth)

Broadcasting Services Act 1992  (Cth)

Australian Privacy Act 1988  (Cth)

Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Breaches) Act 2017  (Cth)

Australian Copyright Act 1968  (Cth)


NESA Registration Systems and Member Non-Government Schools (NSW) Manual

NESA Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

NSW Policy Legacy Child Safety Handbook

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Smartcopying: The Official Guide for Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE

Support Material


The Staff Responsible Use of Technology Policy Self Assessment is provided to support schools in their implementation of all Policy expectations. 
Download the Staff Responsible Use of Technology Policy School Self-Assessment [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]