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Spend a day with WAPPA’s Legal Counsel. Learn what the Law says we can and can’t do in our schools and get your questions answered.

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.


  • 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.

Start time:Wednesday, 12 May 2021 08:30
End time:Wednesday, 12 May 2021 16:00
Location: WAPPA
Non-Member Ticket: $302.50 inc. GST ($275.00 ex. GST)
WAPPA Member Ticket: $192.50 inc. GST ($175.00 ex. GST)

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Cancellations and Refunds:

Registration fees, minus a $33 administration fee, will be returned for cancellations received more than 7 days prior to the event.
No monies will be refunded for cancellations received within 7 days or less of this event.
A substitute registration can be registered up to 7 days prior to the event at no additional cost if completed on-line.
If the WAPPA Business Centre is required to modify a registration, or the modification takes place less than 7 days prior to the event, a $33 charge will be levied.
If a non-member of WAPPA is registered as substitute for a member's registration, then the difference in rates will be payable, in addition to the $33 substitution fee.

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