We have a range of free webinars for school leaders, executives and board members. These webinars will equip you for the legal challenges you may face in your work.
The law webinars are available to watch on our site covering topics that were of particular interest to schools and colleges and relayed to us. The school law webinars are available at no cost to you. If you have friends or colleagues who might benefit from our webinars, please feel welcome to share this page with them.
24 May 2019
Is Your School Compliant When it Comes to Government Funding?
This webinar discussed:
- Common issues the Departments of Education look for when assessing Schools/Colleges.
- Practical measures for Schools/Colleges to implement to be compliant.
- What happens during a Department of Education investigation?
- What are the relevant penalties and enforcement action(s)?
1 March 2019
Does Your School Enrolment Contract and Policies Need Reviewing?
This webinar looks at issues related to school enrolment contracts such as:
- What happens in the event of a family separation?
- Does the contract consider the family law and domestic violence legislation?
- Have relevant privacy laws been addressed?
2 November 2018
Schools with Chaplains – are they employees or independent contractors?
This webinar discusses the role of Chaplains; what is the best employment appointment for a Chaplain; the advantages and disadvantages of being an employee, contractor or spiritual appointment; and how such appointment will have a bearing on a Chaplain’s performance.
Legal aspects of managing a PR crisis – what you can or cannot do
This webinar will look at the legal implications that communications in times of conflict and crisis can have on Schools. In conflict, reference to Schools is made either directly or indirectly by disputing parents, which warrants a response.
School Arrangements with Related Charitable Entities – tips and pitfalls
School Boards have always had a duty to act in the best interests of a School. These waters can sometimes be ‘muddied’ where School Boards and affiliated bodies, like religious and charitable entities, share close association. This webinar will discuss key considerations for relationships between Schools and related charitable entities
May 2018 – Recording Available
How the new Notifiable Data Breach scheme affects your School
Australia’s new notifiable data breach scheme introduced significant amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) on 22 February 2018. Part of the Scheme introduced mandatory data breach notifications, that is, a requirement by Schools to notify individuals and the Australian Information Commissioner in relation to certain data breaches. This webinar will explain how the changes will affect Schools and Colleges in the management, collecting and handling of personal information.
March 2018 – Recording Available
Dealing with High Conflict Parents
Parents are understandably protective of their children. However, it can be the case that when a parent perceives that their children’s rights have been impinged upon, their interactions with the School can escalate. This webinar looks at how to deal with high-conflict parents, how to protect your staff from ongoing verbal and/or physical abuse and how to deal with conflict that attacks the professionalism of staff as individuals and the ramifications beyond the school gate.
February 2018 – Recording Available
Uniform policy and other policies – inclusion and discrimination
There is often a fine line between enforcing compliance with policies and the need to accommodate a student’s cultural and/or religious beliefs in a School environment. In this webinar, we discuss discrimination direct and indirect, how to draft uniform policies considering discrimination laws; whether Schools can rely on exemptions; tension that may exist between uniform policies and having School open enrolments.
December 2017 – Recording Available
Managing Parent Debts
We look at steps that schools can take to recover and minimise the impact of unpaid enrolment fees, and what clauses can be introduced into the Enrolment Contract to minimise losses suffered. How to effectively document a Compromise Arrangement (which effectively is an amendment to the enrolment contract) will also be examined.
October 2017 – Recording Available
Impact of Family Law on enrolments
In this webinar, we help schools understand who really has to pay for the enrolment fees, who needs to consent to what, who is entitled to what information, and strategies and solutions that schools can implement into both their enrolment contracts, and their interactions with parents, to maximise profit and minimise stress.
August 2017 – Recording Available
Structuring to move DGR money to the recurrent expenditure of school operations
This webinar examines how to effectively use some additional DGRs to fund recurrent expenditure in your school.
June 2017 – Recording Available
Top Employment and Independent Contracting Tips for Schools
We look at what steps a school can take to manage risk to the school when changing or ending an employee’s employment, renegotiating your EBA, and what steps can be taken to ensure that your employees and contractors are the best and safest fit for your school.
April 2017 – Recording Available
Outsourcing, Contracting and Licensing – Pitfalls and Tips.
We review the legal tips and pitfalls to help School Leaders negotiate and enter into agreements that will be able to protect the financial viability and the reputation of your school.
February 2017 – Recording Available
Top Current Legal Challenges facing School Leaders
In this webinar, we discuss the top legal challenges that School Leaders have faced in 2016, and what that means for the year ahead in 2017.