School Law: Legal Issues in Dealing with LGBTIQ+ Students: Duty of Care, Discrimination and Privacy

With legal frameworks constantly changing, are you across your current duty of care requirements when dealing with LGBTIQA+ students? Join us for an informative session as you breakdown crucial legal considerations in schools, including protections offered to students under discrimination and privacy laws. With the Australian Law Reform Commission's review of religious protections, understand the implications on your school’s policies and practices. Walk away with practical tips to implement legal requirements seamlessly into everyday school operations, fostering safe, equitable, and inclusive educational settings for all students.

Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $112.00

Teachers attending this session earn 1 Professional Development Hour (NSW, VIC) / CPD Point (QLD, WA, SA)
Lawyers attending this session earn 1 CPD unit in Substantive Law


Dr Steven Middleton, Associate Principal, St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar

1.00pm to 2.00pm Legal Issues in Dealing with LGBTIQ Students: Duty of Care, Discrimination and Privacy


  • What is your duty of care and how far does it extend?
  • What protections are LGBTIQ students afforded under the law in relation to discrimination?
  • How should you handle privacy concerns?
  • Recent legal developments affecting schools such as the Australian Law Reform Commission review of religious protections
  • Practical tips

Presented by Adam Foster, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers 


Mr Adam Foster, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers
A partner in the employment and safety team since 2023, Adam advises his clients on best practice workplace policies and frameworks in employment and industrial relations law. Adam helps his clients navigate the changes and issues that arise as employment and industrial relations laws change to ensure they have policies in place and are compliant from a regulatory perspective. When problems or disputes arise, Adam's clients value his calm manner and strategic approach. Adam is a 'workplace problem solver', and enjoys helping his clients find solutions to help improve workplace relationships to the benefit of the business and its employees. Adam advises on policy and contract preparation and development, unfair dismissals, terminations, workplace investigations, general protections disputes, enterprise bargaining, modern slavery compliance, underpayment reviews and disputes to clients in industries including education, health, construction, manufacturing, professional services and the not for profit sector.

Dr. Steven Middleton, Principal, Berwick Grammar School
Dr Steven Middleton is currently the Associate Principal of St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar, a independent school in Melbourne’s outer south east. Over the past two decades Dr Middleton has worked in a variety of leadership roles in various independent School’s in both Sydney and Melbourne including The King’s School, Knox Grammar School and Carey Grammar. Dr Middleton has a passion for school culture, teacher and student growth and high performance in various contexts. His Doctoral Thesis from The University of Melbourne focused on leadership and character education for adolescents. Steve has written and presented extensively on issues of school culture, strategic leadership, student well-being and achievement in recent years. He is also beginning a Juris Doctor degree due to his interest in educational legal matters.

This seminar is part of a series

School Law: Disability, Sports, LGBTIQ+, Sexual Misconduct and Enrolment Contracts

With a crackdown on school sporting injuries, increasing pressure to prevent student on student sexual assault, recent recommendations from the Disability Royal Commission, a changing approach to LGBTIQIA+ students and an influx of enrolment contract disputes, don’t miss your chance to get across a diverse range of legal challenges affecting Australian schools in this unique series tailor made for educators. Get the insights and strategies needed to remain vigilant in a changing education system.


Teachers attending the entire series earn 5 Professional Development Hours (NSW, VIC) / CPD Points (QLD, WA, SA)
Lawyers attending the entire series earn 5 CPD units in Substantive Law

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

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School Law: Legal Issues in Dealing with LGBTIQ+ Students: Duty of Care, Discrimination and Privacy


Single Session
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
1.00pm to 2.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $112.00
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