Governance Considerations for Maintaining Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces and Learning Environments

Your role in maintaining safe, respectful, and inclusive school environments is paramount. With consequences for non-compliance, get across the Respect@Work reforms and their specific implications for school leaders. Understand your obligations towards staff, students and parents and how to navigate the stringent regulatory expectations and governance aspects. Leave with a practical framework for compliance in your school.

Tuesday, 20 August 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $112.00
Description

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

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

1.00pm to 2.00pm Governance Considerations for Maintaining Safe, Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces and Learning Environments
  • Overview of the emerging Australian system to prevent sexual harassment and related unlawful behaviours, including understanding the Respect@Work reforms and their application to a school context (including obligations with respect to third parties, such as students and their parents)
  • Understanding regulator expectations for complying with legal obligations, with a focus on the leadership, culture and governance aspects of the Respect@Work reforms most relevant to Principals
  • A framework for practical compliance, including how to approach the various legal obligations, including sequencing in relation to WHS obligations and the positive duty under the Sex Discrimimation Act
  • Insights into the approach of regulators and what other organisations are doing and learning

Presented by Jennifer Bourke, Special Counsel, MinterEllison; Employment Team

Presenters


Jennifer Bourke, Special Counsel, MinterEllison
Jennifer is highly experienced in providing strategic advice to clients on the full spectrum of employment and industrial relations issues, with a particular expertise in the management of reports of sexual harassment and other harmful behaviours in the workplace (including bullying and discrimination). In 2023, Jennifer undertook a secondment to the Australian Human Rights Commission working with then Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, on implementing the Respect@Work reforms. She was a key team member preparing the Commission's guidance for organisations and businesses on how to comply with the new positive duty under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate, as far as possible, sexual harassment and related harmful behaviours. Jennifer regularly delivers education to boards, executive leadership teams, and legal and human resources professionals on practical steps to create safer and more respectful and inclusive workplaces, and achieve compliance with the positive duty and other workplace obligations directed at the prevention of harm. Jennifer has particular expertise in the education sector, assisting higher education providers (including universities and TAFEs) and schools (including public, private and religious schools) in the management of their employees, students and other stakeholders (including parents).


Ann Rebgetz, Principal, St James College
Currently, Principal of St James College, Spring Hill EREA, previously Principal, St Columban's College (7-12) at Caboolture (10 years) and Co Principal of BiIingual School at Wadeye in NT with over 700 Indigenous students (3 years). A Recipient of Association of Women Educators Award for Leadership, National Excellence in Teaching State Award. Member of Australian Government Inaugral National VET Alumni/School Pathways Finalist and Winner. Currently President of CaSPAQ (Catholic Secondary Principals of Qld), Member of National Board of CaSPA (Catholic Secondary Principals Australia), V-P ACSSQ, President QISS Netball. Represented CaSPAQ on the 2016 - 2020 Senior Secondary Assessment Review Task Force in Qld. Member of the Australian Catholic Technical & Vocational Colleges Association, and National Schools Strategy Advisory Committee for Rugby Australia.




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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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