Education and Training

The Legal Office offers legal education and awareness training to all areas of the University.

The Legal Office's current training sessions and dates are listed below.

If you wish to learn more about legal and compliance issues, we can tailor a session for you and your team. Sessions can range from 1 hour to a half-day workshop.

Examples include:
- Dispute resolution
- Defamation
- Clinical trials
- Privacy

To inquire about our education and training, call us on (02) 9385 7249 (ext.57249) or email us at

Instructions for enrolment

a. Log into myUNSW
b. Go to ‘My Staff Profile’
c. Under ‘Manage my Profile’, select ‘My Profile’
d. Got to the My Profile – Learning and Development bar
e. Select ‘Request Training Enrolment’
f. Click on ‘Search by Course Type’
g. Choose ‘Professional Skills’ from the dropdown menu – then click ‘Search’
h. Select ‘View Available Sessions’ for the course(s) you are interested in

Contracts 101 - (CON101 – 1 hour: 28 June & 25 October 2017)

What is the session about?
Contracts are an ever present part of UNSW business.  This one-hour session covers some basic contract concepts and principles that you may deal with on a daily basis.
Key Content
- What are the key elements of a contract?
- What is the difference between a deed, an MOU and a term sheet?
- How are contracts and deeds executed at UNSW? and
- How can the Legal Office help?
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understand the general principles of the law of Contract; and
- Understand the legal differences between documents regularly used as part of UNSW's business.
Suitable for: Everyone

Good decision-making – Laws and principles you need to know

(GOODDM – 1 ½ hrs: 13 July & 16 November 2017)

What is the session about?
This 90 minute session is designed to give you an overview of the laws and principles of good-decision making in the university context.  The session will cover the relevant legal principles, with real life examples from court cases and the University context.  We will also look at the laws which regulate employment decision-making.  You will have a chance to apply the theory to some hypothetical scenarios and an opportunity to share your experiences with other decision-makers.
Key Content
- What are good decisions?
- Why does it matter?
- Source of decision-making power;
- Natural justice and procedural fairness; and
- Unlawful adverse action and discrimination.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Become familiar with the principles of good decision-making;
- Reflect on your role in decision-making at UNSW; and
- Apply the principles of good and lawful decision-making.
Suitable for: Anyone at UNSW who makes decisions under UNSW policies and procedures and/or employment decisions (e.g. complaint officers, student administrative roles, supervisors of staff, Heads of School, Centre Directors, Faculty or School General Managers).

Foundations of Privacy - (FOUNDP – 2 hours: 30 August & 20 September 2017)

What is the workshop about?
This 2-hour workshop is designed to introduce individuals to the principles of privacy protection and the obligations the University has to protect the personal information of individuals.
The workshop will cover concepts of "privacy" and "personal information", as well as the Information Protection Principles (IPPs).  It will provide scenario-based activities to help participants understand how to effectively manage personal information in accordance with the IPPs.
Key Context
- What is "privacy"?
- What is "personal information"?
- Collecting personal information;
- Retention and security of personal information;
- Use and disclosure of personal information;
- Privacy at UNSW - what we do well and what we do not do so well;
- What to do if there is a privacy breach? and
- Top tips for managing personal information in your workplace.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Be able to identify personal information and understand the University's obligations to protect the privacy of individuals;
- Become familiar with the IPPs and how they apply to you at work;
- Be able to identify potential privacy issues and prevent privacy breaches; and
- Understand the privacy management framework applied at the University.
Suitable for: All staff that handle or manage personal information.

The Legal Risks of Social Media

(LEGRSM – 1 hour: 29 June & 26 September 2017)

What is the session about?
This 1 hour presentation is designed to outline the main legal risks created by the use of social media within the workplace. 
The presentation will cover the relevant laws which apply to social media use, and practical tips to help participants avoid falling foul of the law.
Key Content
- Employment related implications for the misuse of social media;
- Defamation risks in using social media; and
- Misleading and deceptive conduct through social media.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Become familiar with the laws which apply to social media; and
- Understanding of practical steps to reduce legal risks of social media use.
Suitable for: Everyone

Introduction to Unlawful Discrimination

(INT2UD – 1 hour: 22 September & 17 November 2017)

What is the session about?
This 1 hour training session is designed to introduce individuals to key concepts involved in unlawful discrimination.  We will discuss the elements of direct discrimination and indirect discrimination, and deal briefly with issues involved in sexual harassment, vilification and victimisation.  We will cover the grounds on which discrimination is unlawful and the areas of public life in which it is prohibited.
We will also examine a number of real-life scenarios to help participants become familiar with identifying unlawful discrimination and also briefly discuss practical ways to resolve complaints or claims of discrimination.
Key Content
- Introduction to the types of discrimination;
- The grounds on which, and the areas of public life where discrimination is prohibited;
- Exceptions and exemptions;
- Key discrimination issues encountered at UNSW; and
- Case studies.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Gain a basic understanding of the key elements of direct and indirect discrimination;
- Become familiar with identifying the grounds and areas in which discrimination is prohibited; and
- Become familiar with UNSW's obligations and how UNSW approaches discrimination in the education context.
Suitable for: Everyone

Intellectual property rights in a university workplace – Fundamentals which senior managers should know

(INTPR – 1 hour: 31 August & 31 October 2017)

What is the workshop about?
This 1 hour workshop is designed to provide guidance to senior managers on key issues relating to the management of IP within a University workplace such as UNSW.
The workshop will cover the fundamentals of what IP is and common workplace situations where it is important to be aware of the legal principles and which relevant UNSW's policies apply.
Key Content
- Definition of IP and the forms it can take;
- Ownership of IP created by employees, contractors and students;
- IP issues in employment contracts;
- Key aspects of UNSW's Intellectual Property Policy and UNSW"s Procedure for Disclosing and Exploiting IP;
- Identification and protection of confidential information; and
- IP licence rights in contracts.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Become familiar with the definition of IP and key aspects of UNSW's policies in relation to IP:
- Identifying ownership of IP in the workplace and the options for its protection; and
- Apply management tools and techniques which recognise the importance of IP in the workplace.
Suitable for: Heads of School, Centre Directors, and Deputy Heads of School/Centre Directors, Associate Deans, Professors and Professional Staff levels 10-14.