What is ST4S Compliance?
Digital technologies are ubiquitous in schools, with children engaging online from a very young age. How can you make sure you choose an online fundraising platform that is safe for use by primary-school aged students? Look for Safer Technologies 4 Schools (ST4S) compliance!
What is ST4S?
Safer Technologies 4 Schools (ST4S) is a nationally consistent risk-assessment approach, recognised by State, Catholic and Independent school bodies in each state and territory. ST4S is administered by Education Services Australia (ESA), ensuring that the unique goals, needs and risks of schools are considered and addressed.
According to the St4S website, it “has been developed to enhance the security, privacy, interoperability and online safety of software applications and services commonly used by Australian schools.”
What does ST4S mean?
If an application is ST4S compliant – like ours is – you can guarantee that it is compliant with the highest standards of cybersafety and security. A compliant result with ST4S means that Australian Fundraising’s My Profile Page platforms:
- Are based entirely onshore in Australia
- Only request and store information reasonably necessary to fulfill the purpose of the school and group fundraising
- Require parental consent and do not communicate directly with users under the age of 18
- Completely eliminates risk of cyberbullying, with no online messaging or communication features between participants
- Hold significant online safety measures to protect user data and activity
Is Australian Fundraising ST4S compliant?
Yes, Australian Fundraising’s My Profile Page has meet the requirements for ST4S compliance.
What about PCI Tier 1 Compliance?
Lots of customers ask if Australian Fundraising is PCI Tier 1 compliant. PCI compliance applies to the processing of credit card payments. Because the financial side of our online fundraising platforms is managed by industry-experts Go Fundraise, they uphold the standards of PCI Tier 1 compliance and other security measures relating to financial data. We operate this way to ensure your credit card information is in the hands of financial experts.
Therefore, our websites are not required to be PCI Tier 1 compliant. The company that process your donations, Go Fundraise, is PCI Tier 1 compliant – the highest standards for credit card payments world wide.
Let’s get started!
Are you ready to start your school’s next online fundraiser with the ST4S-compliant platform from Australian Fundraising? Our friendly team is always prepared to help on 1300 133 022, or you can complete a quick, online booking form below! For more information, visit our program pages or contact us today.