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 ASBA Webinar: Anti-Discrimination Law: Minimising Your Risks in an Uncertain Landscape


Date: Friday 17th July 2020
Approximate Length: 1 Hour


Discrimination occurs when a person or group of persons is treated less favourably than another person or group of persons because of their background or certain personal characteristics.  Confusingly, not all of these behaviours are unlawful. This session will unpack these complex issues for schools and examine where the law is heading in this difficult area. It covers:

  • Discrimination and harassment in schools - workplace and students
  • A school's obligations under Federal and State laws not to discriminate
  • Defences and exemptions to discrimination relevant to schools
  • Case study: Workplace discrimination and religious beliefs
  • Case study: students and gender diversity and religious beliefs
  • How to reconcile conflicting obligations
  • How to minimise the risks of a legal claim
  • Looking to the future - what will the future legal landscape hold for schools?
Recorded Webinars,Schools Law,ASBA Webinar: Anti-Discrimination Law: Minimising Your Risks in an Uncertain Landscape Jacquie Seemann, Partner, Thomson Geer, Sydney      

Jacquie has practised employment, discrimination and education law since 1990.

Jacquie has guided clients through four major reforms to the federal industrial relations system. Jacquie and her team advise on individual and collective employment relationships from recruitment to termination and beyond.

An experienced litigator, Jacquie has specialist expertise in discrimination, unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims; and prosecutions for breach of awards, industrial laws and safety laws. She is a tough negotiator, and looks for commercial and non-litigious solutions where possible.

Jacquie works in both the public and private sectors, and her expertise spans a wide range of industries including education, sport, health and aged care, community services, financial services, IT, retail, manufacturing, transport and agribusiness.

Jacquie’s education sector clients cover the education lifecycle: preschools, schools, universities and other post-secondary education providers. She advises these clients not only on employment-related issues but also on the broadest range of education law issues. Jacquie is the NSW Chapter Vice President for the Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association.

Jacquie has been acknowledged by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2018 & 2019) for her work in Labour and Employment law; by Doyle’s Guide (2018 – 2020) as a recommended Employment lawyer; and by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of Labour and Employment Law (2014 – 2021), Employee Benefits Law (2019 – 2021) and Occupational Health & Safety Law (2020 – 2021).

Jacquie co-authored the employment law chapter in Higher Education and the Law (Federation Press, 2015); and the chapter on issues and challenges facing schools in relation to religion in The Palgrave Handbook of Education Law for Schools (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


This webinar is suitable for ASBA Members – School Business Administrators throughout Australia.

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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