Program Overview:

Being a school leader is an incredibly rewarding job. However, from time to time we encounter issues that will challenge our knowledge of the law and the accompanying policies and guidelines. As well as the Education Act and regulations there is a plethora of additional Acts of law that can impact and direct our decision making and we must be aware of these.

Fortunately, WAPPA members can get the answers they need daily from our member support line, however many of the scenarios we face can be a lot less stressful when we know exactly what the law says we can and can’t do as well as having a clear guide to the processes we must follow in our schools.

This masterclass covers the scenarios that principals in WA have recently faced in their schools and explain how they were managed and the outcomes. Most importantly these sessions will give members strategies and tools to use in their schools to manage these situations. They are directly related to the policies and guidelines set by our employer. In these master classes you will hear from WAPPA legal counsel, experienced principals, and relevant DoE personnel.

Who will benefit:

Principals, deputy principals, senior leadership teams and Managers of Corporate Services will benefit from attending this masterclass.  


  • Social Media Issues and Guidelines
  • Subpoenas
  • Interpreting the Family Court Order and Duty of Care
  • Violent and aggressive behaviours and the authority of the principal
  • Grievance procedures and complaints management
  • Workers Compensation
  • Performance and substandard performance management

Learning Outcomes:

In this workshop participants will:

  • Understand defamation and the available defences in relation to education.
  • Develop an understanding of Family Law in relation to domestic violence, child protection, parental responsibility and best practice in WA schools.
  • Understand and develop processes should a school or staff member be subpoenaed.
  • Understand processes, guidelines and strategies to manage aggression and violence in schools in relation to staff, visitors, students and Department policy and guidelines.
  • Identify the processes and responsibilities of school leaders in relation to grievance and complaint resolution options.
  • Understand workers compensation policy and procedures as well as the related support available to principals.


On Demand

WAPPA is now specifically tailoring this program for regional Western Australia. Days, times, dates and locations can be designed to fit networks, school teams, collegiate groups or similar.

Start time:Friday, 03 May 2019 09:00
End time:Friday, 03 May 2019 15:00
Location: WAPPA
Member Ticket: $132.00 inc. GST ($120.00 ex. GST)
Non-Member Ticket: $242.00 inc. GST ($220.00 ex. GST)
Start time:Monday, 02 September 2019 09:00
End time:Monday, 02 September 2019 15:00
Location: WAPPA
Member Ticket: $132.00 inc. GST ($120.00 ex. GST)
Non-Member Ticket: $242.00 inc. GST ($220.00 ex. GST)
Thank you for your interest in attending this event. Please be aware that online registrations for this event have now closed.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list or would like further information about this event, please contact us.