Recorded Webinar: Anti-Discrimination - Minimising Your School’s Risks in an Uncertain Landscape


20th September 2019

Duration:  approx. 1.5 hours

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?

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Jacquie Seemann, Partner, Thomson Geer, Sydney

Jacquie has practised employment and education law since 1990, in both New South Wales and Victoria.

She has guided clients through three major reforms to the federal industrial relations system, and is now enjoying advising them on the system created by the Fair Work Act 2009.

An experienced litigator in employment and industrial relations, Jacquie has specialist expertise in discrimination, unfair dismissal, breach of contract claims, industrial disputes, and prosecutions for breach of awards, industrial 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, health and aged care, community services, financial services, IT, retail, manufacturing, transport and agribusiness.

Jacquie’s education sector clients cover the education lifecycle, including 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 recognised by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2014 – 2017) in the area of Labour and Employment Law. She is a leading practitioner in discrimination law, and an industry leader in designing and presenting tailored compliance training programs for employers.


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: [email protected]

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Product Code: WBXSEP19
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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