Schools in Focus

From 05 - 08 Jun 2023

Schoolsweek infocus 2023

Schools in Focus, an initiative of Commonwealth Bank and Our Community, is a celebration of Australian Schools.

Running from 5-8 June 2023, this week is aimed at providing insights and sharing knowledge into some of the most topical issues impacting those working across the education sector.

Make sure you register and get your questions answered as we roll out an information-packed series of FREE webinars covering fundraising, the economic forecast and what it means for the education sector, and cyber security.

Full details on the program can be found below.

Schools in Focus Program

Monday, 5 June 2023. 12.30 PM to 1.15 PM AEST.

WEBINAR: Economic Update – the path ahead

Presented by Belinda Allen, Senior Economist, Commonwealth Bank

Against a backdrop of rising interest rates, a recently announced Federal Budget and ongoing global tensions, what are the economic indicators telling us about what’s in store over the coming 12 months?

In this 45 minute webinar Belinda Allen, Senior Economist at Commonwealth Bank, will examine the current state of Australia’s economy and share her thoughts on the outlook ahead including:

  • Global markets and what they are telling us
  • Australia’s economic outlook
  • Implications of rising interest rates
  • Impact on consumer spending levels.

Tuesday, 6 June 2023. 12.30 PM to 1.15 PM AEST.

Webinar: Fundraising for Schools

Presented by Nina Laitala, Training Lead, ICDA

With rising interest rates and living costs many people are feeling stretched for discretional funds normally available to donate.

Against this challenging backdrop, we take a step back to help schools take an overview of their fundraising potential over and above the standard Education Department funding – to see where there’s outside money available and what has to be done to get it, and to design an effective strategy to fit their needs. It's about empowering schools to take control of their destinies and putting in place a strong, ambitious but achievable fundraising strategy.

The webinar will look at how the 7 Pillars of Funding can help your school achieve its fundraising goals.

Wednesday, 7 June 2023. 12.30 PM to 1.15 PM AEST.

Webinar: Fundraising Governance – understanding your role and responsibilities

A panel discussion with:

  • Adele Stowe-Linder – General Manager, Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA)
  • Lester Wills – Partner, Audit & Assurance, Nexia Sydney
  • Gavin Cacic – National Director, Schools and Not-for-Profit Sector Banking, Commonwealth Bank

Planning and running your school’s next fundraising activity is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to successfully navigating the myriad of fundraising rules, regulations and responsibilities.

In this not to be missed webinar, we’ll be joined by governance and audit experts for an in-depth panel discussion as we explore some of the key considerations your school, your school board and your broader school community need to be across to stay on the right side of fundraising regulations.

This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered as we explore:

  • Current State and Federal fundraising rules
  • Wellbeing and safety considerations
  • Setting fundraising objectives and the importance of good record keeping
  • The dos and don’ts for handling, depositing and spending funds raised.

Thursday, 8 June 2023. 12.30 PM to 1.15 PM AEST.

Webinar: Cyber Update for Schools

Presented by Gary Doyle, State Manager, Transaction Banking VIC/TAS, Commonwealth Bank

Cybercrime continues to dominate the headlines, and good cyber hygiene remains a critical factor in helping to ensure the safety of your school, your people and your infrastructure.

Join us for this important webinar as Commonwealth Bank’s Gary Doyle shares his thoughts and insights on some high-level cyber security concepts using real life case studies. Topics we’ll be exploring include:

  • Getting the basics of cyber security right
  • Using a cybersecurity framework to help protect your school
  • Ways to approaching cybersecurity
  • Common types of scams.

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