• Audience
    Principal class
    Business manager
    Leading teacher
  • Next Intake
    Multiple intakes
  • Location
  • Duration
    1 day
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Fees
    DET fully subsidised


The aim of this module is to ensure that you are able to manage legal risks in schools and to understand key legal concepts and obligations.

You will develop an understanding of the Department of Education and Training (Department) policies and resources which will support you to manage a variety of issues including parent disputes, inappropriate behaviours and duty of care.

Module 3 in the Strategic Management for School Leaders suite supports the Department of Education and Training's commitment to the public sector values of integrity, accountability, respect, leadership, impartiality and responsiveness across the organisation.


This module is designed for Victorian government school principals, assistant principals, leading teachers and business managers.

Note that this course is for Department staff only. Non-Department staff cannot be accommodated.

1-day workshop facilitated by senior lawyers from the Department's Legal Division who are experienced in advising schools.

A range of engaging and relevant case studies are used to explore common legal issues and risks affecting schools, such as family disputes, intervention orders, duty of care, human rights and discrimination, privacy and information sharing, suspension and expulsion.

By participating in this module, you will develop an understanding of:

  • Department policies and resources
  • when to seek legal advice
  • strategies and steps for reducing legal risk
  • family disputes and intervention orders
  • effective responses to disputes and managing inappropriate behaviours of parents/visitors
  • key legal obligations in relation to students with disabilities
  • duty of care (including bullying, excursions, camps)
  • the legal framework underpinning enrolment, attendance, suspension and expulsion
  • information sharing and privacy.

Elly Gay
Operational Policy Support and Engagement Branch
03 7022 0930

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