2019 program to be announced mid November


The 2018 program has concluded. The 2019 program will be announced soon.

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.

Registration – $295
Catering includes: Arrival, Morning Tea and Lunch
Group bookings are available & all prices are inclusive of gst.

Session 1:

Speaker: David Ey
Partner, Piper Alderman

David Ey

David Ey


8.30am - 9.30am

Performance managing and dismissing Teachers in schools:
Exploring best practice and implementing guidance from recent decisions of the Fair Work Commission.

Session overview:
Principals and other school leaders often feel unsure about how to deal with teacher underperformance, as distinct from misconduct.  They think that under-performance 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:

Speaker: Jane Kupsch
Partner, Piper Alderman

Jane Kupsch

Jane Kupsch


9.30am - 10.20am

Identifying Legal Risk in Schools – When is it time to seek advice?

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.


10.30AM - 10.45AM


Speaker: Chris Hartigan
Principal, Piper Alderman

Chris Hartigan

Chris Hartigan


10.45AM - 1.00PM

Sexting in Schools – How to manage the legal implications     

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.