Recorded Webinar: Student Gender and Diversity: Care and Compliance in a Shifting Landscape


25 May 2020

Gender identity and diversity can potentially be the subject of discriminatory and unfair treatment. The presence of students who identify as LGBTI requires sensitive handling to ensure compliance with legislation and with the school’s duty of care. With a raft of religious freedom reforms on the horizon, it’s never been more important for schools to understand the new legislative framework and how they can best meet their duty of care to provide a supportive environment. It covers:

  • Definitions of gender identity and transgender - medical and legal

  • LGBTI and discrimination: what is the law?

  • Exceptions to the law - religious schools: how has the position changed?

  • How can a school ensure the fair and equitable treatment of LGBTI students?

  • Developing policies and processes to manage:

    • Student support and welfare

    • Harassment, bullying and vilification

    • Communication within the school community

  • A focus on practical issues - facilitating changes to accommodate and support LGBTI

  • students on a day to day basis in the school community eg uniform, change rooms, boarding arrangements, preferred names

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Kristen Lopes, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney

Kristen Lopes is a partner in the Employment and Safety team with expertise in employment, antidiscrimination and industrial relations law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature.

Kristen represents clients in a broad range of sectors including: education, healthcare, retail, insurance, manufacturing, transport, registered clubs, not for profit and religious.

In particular, Kristen has specific expertise working with independent schools and assists schools defend unfair dismissal and general protection applications, as well as, workplace bullying claims. Kristen also assists schools prepare employment contracts, manage staffing and return to work issues along with staff terminations and workplace restructures.

In May 2010 Kristen received her master of laws degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney, focusing on comparative employment law. She obtained the prize in advanced employment law in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2008 McCallum Medal Presentation Competition where she presented on workplace bullying.

Kristen was also a finalist in the 2013 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for the Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award and was named as CBP's Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2016.

Prior to being admitted as a solicitor in NSW, Kristen was called to the bar in Ontario Canada in 1995 and practised employment law as a partner in one of Canada's leading law firms until she relocated to Australia. Kristen joined CBP Lawyers in 2006.


This webinar is suitable for school business administrators – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

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