This is where I’ll be publishing my work. The site is new so it may be a while before this page is populated with lots of articles. Rest assured they’re already written but may still be in editing or formatting stage. Keep visiting this page from time to time to see what’s new.
Paper 1 – School Formals. Myths, Facts and the “Ostrich Mentality”
This is directed at School Principals and Administrators
This paper is not designed to “guilt” you into getting more involved than you’re comfortable with. Neither is it designed to “scare” you into staying away from formals. What I will endeavour to do here is present the facts, many of which I’m certain you weren’t aware, inject some balanced context, and allow you to make your own informed judgements about whether or not your school should be involved with formals, and if so, at what level of involvement and due diligence you should apply.
When it comes to school formals, I promise you, I’ve seen it all. There’s a treasure-trove of applied knowledge and positive results contained within the following pages. Read it all and I guarantee there will be take-away value.
Paper 2 – NSW High School Formals – The Complete Guide for Schools
Directed at School Representatives planning formals
Believe it or not school formals are far more complex and difficult to plan than weddings. That may sound far-fetched but consider this. Weddings don’t require ticketing, security, legal compliance checklists or insurances. When we talk about suits, dresses, shoes, professional hair & make-up, stretched limousines and so
on, weddings only need such items for the bridal party whereas formals need it for the entire guest list. Statistically, the average school formal entertains almost double the number of guests than the average wedding, and there arguably are as many, if not more, formals taking place per year in Sydney.
Clearly it’s not impossible to do because some 700+ formals take place in Sydney each year. That’s not to say that they’re all successful, problem-free or easy. It just means that you’re not alone in your quest and it is somehow survivable.
Paper 3 – Minor’s Functions – Issues facing NSW Licensees
Directed at Licensees of Venues hosting Minor’s Functions
New South Wales has in place the toughest liquor legislation and regulations in the commonwealth, along with the largest population and market size it applies to. Within that, the Minor’s Functions sub-sector comes with is a tsunami of additional regulation that is heavily policed and harshly judged, and for very good reason.
I’ve not only made it my full time business to be at the ever-changing cutting edge of this regulation but in more recent years, I’ve become a trusted advisor and consultant to the legislative bodies reviewing these laws. As a consultant to the NSW Legislative Assembly’s Social Policy Committee, several of my legislative reform proposals and submissions have been adopted into law. It’s the depth of study into this legislation as part of these activities that gives me the clearest conceptual view of how this applies to you, directly and peripherally.
Am I being melodramatic? Read this whole paper and decide for yourself.
More resources published here regularly.