Registered Training Organisations: Law and Regulation

Deepen your understanding of what you need to know to remain compliant in 2024 and avoid the Tribunal. Learn about challenging decisions if you do end up before the AAT. Obtain an overview of intellectual property as it applies to your training and assessment materials and get up to speed on what you need to know about employment law with an emphasis on recent developments.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $353.50
9.00am to 10.00am How RTOs Can Take Advantage of Internal Reviews and Avoid the Tribunal: The Legal Perspective


  • The legal status of notices by ASQA of either its Intention to Make a Decision or Notice of Decision: the available approaches to accepting an invitation from ASQA to respond to such notices, including the provision of evidence and submissions
  • Understanding ASQA’s primary focus and concerns arising from its Assessment Reports/Audit Reports and Statements of Reasons and preparing targeted responses to findings and legal submissions responding to its Reasons for Decision
  • How to prepare responses to findings of noncompliance and correlating them to legal submissions opposing ASQA’s intended decision or its decision
  • Preserving the status of the RTO by delaying the implementation of any decision pending internal review and, in some circumstances, anticipating an application to the Tribunal for merits review and preparing evidence and submissions in connection with internal review to minimise the scope and timeframe of a substantive Tribunal hearing and to obtaining a stay order from the Tribunal

Presented by Nick Galatas, Partner, GPZ Legal

10.00am to 11.00am Challenging Decisions in the AAT and Federal Court: Important Information for RTO’s


  • Preparing to apply to challenge a decision
  • The procedural and substantive differences between applying to challenge decisions in the Federal Court and in the AAT
  • Picking which is the appropriate forum for challenging a decision
  • Strategies for conducting proceedings in the Federal Court and AAT

Presented by Angus O’Brien, Barrister, Gerard Brennan Chambers

11.00am to 11.15am Morning Break
12.15pm to 1.15pm Key Immigration Issues for the RTO Sector

Take this opportunity to hear legal and subject matter experts cover the changes to the immigration policy changes made in December 2023 by the Commonwealth government which are having a significant impact on providers.

Panel includes:
Alexis Watt, General Manager, Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology (AIBT)
Lily Ong, Lily Ong Business Lawyers & Migration Consultants; Accredited Specialist Immigration Law; Leading Immigration Lawyers & Agents Doyles Guide 2023


Attend and earn 4 CPD units in Substantive Law
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Alexis Watt, General Manager, Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology (AIBT)

11.15am to 12.15pm Employment Law for the RTO Sector


  • Latest developments in employment law that you need to understand
    • Fixed Term Contracts
    • Casual Employment
    • Sexual Harassment
  • Unfair Dismissal: the relevant considerations
  • General protections and adverse action: the importance of the decision maker
  • Bullying: protecting staff from abuse

Presented by Michael Byrnes, Partner, Swaab


Nick Galatas, Partner, GPZ Legal
Nick started at GPZ Legal as an employee and in 1996 became a partner of the firm. Experienced in commercial and other litigation, in the last 10 years he has increasingly focused on assisting Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Higher Education Providers in their respective dealings with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and State and Federal Government funding provisions. Represented RTOs and HEPs in numerous applications to the AAT and the Federal Court in review applications and appeals and in State Courts and administrative bodies in connection with funding and related contracts.

Alexis Watt, General Manager, Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology (AIBT)

Michael Byrnes, Partner, Swaab
Michael Byrnes is a partner of Swaab. He is a workplace relations lawyer with over 20 years' experience in assisting clients navigate employment and work health and safety issues. Michael runs specially tailored training programs and seminars for clients (including at board level). He also drafts and reviews workplace policies and undertakes complex and sensitive workplace investigations. As well as regularly presenting at conferences, Michael is often called upon for expert opinion in the media. He has appeared on numerous radio segments and regularly quoted in publications including The Australian Financial Review, The Age, Lawyers Weekly, Workplace Express, OHS Alert, SmartCompany, HRM Online and InTheBlack on workplace relations and WHS law issues. Michael is also a co-author of the LexisNexis publication "Annotated Fair Work Act & Related Legislation".

Lily Ong, Principal, Lily Ong Business Lawyer & Migration Consultants
Lily Ong is originally from Malaysia and migrated to Australia in the 1980s. Lily obtained degrees in Economics and Law from Monash University. Admitted as a solicitor in 1989, Lily practiced with the Sydney firms Dunhill Morgan and Phillips Fox prior to relocating to Melbourne where she now resides. Lily opened her practice in 2000 and utilises her skills as an LIV accredited specialist immigration lawyer with a strong focus on Business Migration to assist clients daily. Lily enjoys a strong professional network with other firms and professionals and strives to provide quality legal advice with a high service standard for her clients. Contact us now and find out what for Lily Ong Business Lawyers and Migration Consultants can do for you.

Angus O’Brien, Barrister, Gerard Brennan Chambers
Angus has a general commercial and public law practice. He has broad experience in contractual disputes, corporations and insolvency, energy and resources, construction, commercial equity, competition law and administrative law matters. Prior to returning to the Queensland Bar, Angus practised at leading commercial chambers in Sydney and London. Angus received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and was ranked first in his year. He also holds a Masters of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Cambridge. Angus was an Associate at the High Court of Australia to the Hon. Justice (later Chief Justice) SM Kiefel AC.


Registered Training Organisations: Law and Regulation


Morning Session
Tuesday, 28 May 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 4
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $353.50
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