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 ‘Learning & Development’ tab
d. Click on ‘Search by Course Type’
e. Choose ‘Professional Skills’ from the dropdown menu – then click ‘Search’
f. Select ‘View Available Sessions’ for the course(s) you are interested in

Contracts 101 - (CON101 – 1 hour: Thursday 5 September 2019)

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: School Managers, Executive Officers, Operations Managers, Project Officers, Project Managers, Business Managers, Clinical study coordinators, Administrative staff and Academic staff who are involved in the following:
- Buying something for UNSW
- Dealing with a third party to collaborate or build a partnership
- Arranging for a contract to be signed
- Signing any document for UNSW (eg a Deed)
- Negotiating a contract

Good Decision-Making – Laws and principles you need to know

(GOODDM – 1 ½ hrs: Friday 8 February & Thursday 29 August 2019)

What is the session about?
This 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: Staff at UNSW who make 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 Executive Directors or School Managers).

Foundations of Privacy - (FOUNDP – 2 hours: Tuesday 26 March & Thursday 4 July 2019)

What is the session about?
This session is designed to introduce individuals to the principles of privacy protection and the obligations the University has to protect the personal information of individuals.
This session will cover the 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.  Particularly relevant to managers, student services staff, HR staff and marketing staff.

IP for Commercialisation - Legal Considerations

(KNOWEX – 1 hour: Wednesday 29 May 2019)

What is the session about?
This session covers the basic legal landscape around the Division of Enterprise and particularly when facilitating Knowledge Exchange and commercialising IP. 
Key Content
- What is Knowledge Exchange?
- Industry partnerships, start-ups and innovation; and
- UNSW IP, commercialisation, the 'Guideline for Disbursement of Net Revenue'.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understand the general legal principles around commercialisation and partnership with industry;
- Basic understanding of legal documents relevant for facilitating Knowledge Exchange; and
- How the legal office can assist and support staff and students in their Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation endeavours.
Suitable for: Staff who work with the Division of Enterprise, people interested in learning morning about Knowledge Exchange and the commercialisation of IP.

Australian Consumer Law - what is it & how does it apply to the University?

(ACLAW - 1 Hour: Tuesday 21 May 2019)

What is the session about?
This session covers the key parts of the Australian Consumer Law and how it applies to UNSW's daily activities.
Key Content
- What is the Australian Consumer Law?
- What sorts of conduct does it prohibit e.g. anti-competitive, misleading/deceptive and unconscionable conduct?
- What parts of the Australian Consumer Law are relevant to the University's activities?
- How can the University ensure that it complies with the Australian Consumer Law?
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understand the key parts of the Australian Consumer Law;
- Understand how the Australian Consumer Law applies to UNSW and its staff.
Suitable for:  ryone, Staff in finance and staff who manage external relations, student activities and setting of course fees.

BRAND® - from a Legal Perspective. Will a course by another name sell as sweet

(BRAND - 1 Hour: Thursday 7 February & Thursday 9 May 2019)

What is the session about?
Powerful brands provide vital cues to consumers about products and services.  Cues about source, quality and experience - with the power to answer many questions, such as "Will this product make me look cool?", "Can I trust in the quality of this course?", "Is this worth it?".  For leading companies, brand value can account for over 90% of their market capitalisation.  But what is the best way to protect these assets?  Are brands and trade marks the same?
This session covers the fundamental principles of trade mark law as they apply to branding decisions?
Key Content
- What are brands and how do they differ from trade marks?
- What are the common risks associated with brands and their use?
- How can brands be protected under law?
- How can the Legal Office help?
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understand the general principles of Australian trade mark law;
- Understand the legal difference between brands and trade marks; and
- Understand the best practice regarding protection and use of brands at UNSW.
Suitable for:  Brand enthusiasts, marketing professionals.  Staff who:
- use or authorise the use of the UNSW brand (on and off-line);
- develop or acquire new UNSW products, services, centres or institutes;
- collaborate with external organisations;
- manage public-facing activites; and
- engage in activity that may put the UNSW reputation at risk.