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 Recorded Webinar: Drawing the Line on Opinion and Behaviour: Management of School Employees Outside the Gate

Date: Thursday 31st March 2022
Duration: Approximately 1 Hour

As employees and representatives of the school, how far can teachers and other school employees act or express themselves without breaching their employment obligations? This session will look at the increasing way behaviour is reflecting on the employer, and what schools can do to manage their staff, including:

  • Is there a right to free speech? The lessons of Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23
  • Where do the boundaries of professional and personal lie in an employment relationship? How far can an employer impose their values on an employee?
  • What should your contract say about staff life and behaviour outside the school – managing reputational and other risks
  • Ethical and educational considerations in limiting social media and other interactions between:
  • teachers and students
  • teachers and parents
  • Restrictions on employees and social media – how far can you go? 
  • Crafting effective policies and Codes of Conduct for staff behaviour outside the school
  • Disciplinary and other options for staff management: James Cook University v Ridd [2020] FCAFC 123
  • Managing community and stakeholder expectations of employee management: recent examples including Adelaide University and AMP
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Ben Tallboys, Principal, Russell Kennedy Lawyers; Legal consultant to the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

Ben Tallboys is a Principal at Russell Kennedy Lawyers, and while based in Melbourne has spent the last 12 years providing practical solutions to schools across Australia.

Ben works with principals every day on a range of complex matters concerning staff, including performance-management, at all times placing an emphasis on achieving the best outcomes for the school while avoiding crises and disputes wherever possible.  Relevant to today’s topic, Ben has considerable experience in the Fair Work Commission's anti-bullying jurisdiction, having acted for successful employers in three appeals, as well as acting for a school principal in a seven-day hearing in the Fair Work Commission to defend bullying allegations made by a teacher that touched upon performance issues.

Ben is also the legal consultant for the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia and its members.


This webinar is suitable for senior executives from private and independent schools, around Australia, along with their advisors. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: lisa@tved.net.au

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Product Code: WB8MAR22
 Price:  $269.50 (Inclusive of GST)
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