National Education Summit

Leading Education Conferences and Events Australia

Legal & Risk Management Frameworks

Hear valuable advice on how to manage risks and legal issues in an educational setting

This one day conference tailored to Principals and School Leaders will cover 5 key issues including managing staff, managing legal risks, sexting in schools, governance issues for school boards and councils and Intellectual Property presented by lawyers from Piper Alderman.

Early Bird* Registration – $260; Full Registration – $295* Early Bird price ends on Friday 27 April 2018
Group bookings are available & all prices are inclusive of GST Catering includes: Arrival, Morning Tea and Lunch




Registration – 8:00am – 8:20am

Welcome & Introduction – 8:20am – 8:30am 

Session 1: Performance managing and dismissing Teachers in schools: Exploring best practice and implementing guidance from recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission
8:30am – 9:30am 


Speaker: David Ey
Partner, Piper Alderman

Read about David here.

Session Overview
Principals and other school leaders often feel unsure about how to deal with teacher underperformance, as distinct from misconduct.  They think that underperformance is hard to prove and they fear the legal consequences of dismissing an unsatisfactory teacher.  The result in many cases is that nothing is done and the problem persists.  This session aims to inform school leaders about how to navigate the legal risks associated with addressing underperformance, including to the point of a dismissal where necessary.  Cases decided by industrial tribunals will be examined, to give participants an understanding of when a performance-related dismissal is likely to be held to be fair or unfair.


Session 2: Identifying Legal Risk in Schools – When is it time to seek advice?
9:30am – 10:30am 


Speaker: Jane Kupsch

Partner, Piper Alderman

Read about Jane here.

Session Overview

Schools are dynamic environments in which the interests, rights, obligations and responsibilities of various individuals and groupss co-exist. Those individuals and groups include the student body, teaching staff, school leaders, administrators, governing bodies, parent groups and volunteers. Occasionally, an event that poses legal risk to some or all of those groups arises.

This session will explore, with practical examples, how schools identify and manage potential legal risks and what should be done when a potential risk materialises into threatened or actual, legal proceedings.

Morning Tea – 10:30am – 10:45am 

Session 3: Sexting in Schools – How to manage the legal implications           
10:45am – 12:00am 


Speaker: Chris Hartigan
Principal, Piper Alderman

Read about Chris here.

Session Overview

Chris Hartigan is an employment lawyer who was formerly a high school teacher in Victoria and Queensland. Chris has advised schools and university colleges in relation to the impact of criminal law on student misbehaviour. He will address the legal issues that arise from sexting by school students. He will do so by reference to Victorian context and will review Crimes Act (Vic) provisions dealing with sexting, mandatory reporting obligations of schools and more general issues of how schools should undertake investigations and impose disciplinary sanctions while criminal investigations may still be running in parallel

Session 4: Governance issues for school boards & councils
12:00pm – 1:00pm   


Speaker: Simon Venus
Partner, Piper Alderman

Read about Simon here.

 Session Overview

Schools are large and small, they have different legal forms, can be denominational or not, and operate within government and non- government frameworks. Irrespective of the structure or nature of a school, there are some important and common underlying themes and duties for governing bodies. However, there is no “cookie cutter” model for governance; the individual approach of a particular governing body should be sympathetic to the size and nature of the school over which it has stewardship. This session will look at the key sources of governance for school governing bodies, as well as statutory and other duties and through a series of case studies, tease out some governance issues which have presented boards and their chairs.

Lunch – 1:00pm – 2:00pm 

Session 5: Top 5 Legal Issues in Procurement of IT Services
2:00pm – 3:00pm


Speaker: Tim Clark
Partner, Piper Alderman

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Session 6: Panel Discussion – Q&A – What would you do?
3:00 – 4:30

Chair: David Ey
Partner, Piper Alderman




Panel: Simon Venus, Chris Hartigan, Tim Clark, Jane Kupsch

Session Overview

A panel discussion of a hypothetical case study touching on disputes, duty of care, child safety, social media & defamation and termination of enrollment.

Conclusion – 4:30  


Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl
South Wharf


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