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

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

(GOODDM – 1 ½ hrs: Thursday 20 February & Thursday 24 September 2020)

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: Wednesday 11 March & Friday 11 September 2020)

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.

Ethics & Governance in Research - A Lawyer's look

(ETHICS - 1 hour: Tuesday 22 September 2020)

What is the session about?
An introduction to legislative and contractual requirements around ethics and governance for research conducted with human participants or involving use of animals.
Key Content:
- What are the roles and value of ethics committees and research governance officers;
- Therapeutic Goods Act and Animal Research Act; and
- National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018).
Key Learning Outcomes:
- Understand the legal underpinning for ethical review and sound research governance;
- Knowledge of UNSW procedures/policies for ethics/governance; and 
- Interplay between ethics/governance for lead institution and forcollaborators.
Suitable for: Researchers, research assistants, centre managers.

Contracts 101

(CON101 – 1 hour: Wednesday 29 April 2020)

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

IP for Commercialisation - Legal Considerations

(KNOWEX – 1 hour: Tuesday 12 May 2020)

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: Any UNSW Staff Member interested in understanding more about the commercialisation of IP arising from research.  This includes any Researchers looking to engage with external partners, or Professional staff that support researcheres to work with external parties (i.e. work in the Division of Enterprise).  

Copyright for Teaching - Lunch & Learn

(COPYRT - 1.5 hours: 14 May, 12 Aug & 25 Nov 2020

What is the session about?
Copyright is fundamental to all aspects of teaching and course delivery.  it is also a critical and very valuatble asset of UNSW and its staff.
Bring your lunch along and learn the fundamentals of copyright law as they apply to teaching as we address the common myths about copyright creation, protection and use.
Key Content: 
- Copyright basics
- Fair Dealing exceptions and teaching
- Navigating statutory and commercial licences
- Legislative framework
- Library resources and services
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understanding copyright law and how it applies to teaching
- Understanding key copyright risks in content generations, collation and delivery within the University context
- Understanding the resources and services available to staff
Suitable for: Staff engaging in teaching, including lecturers, tutors, PVCE (Educational designers).

A Legal Perspective on Drones - All you need to know

(DRONE - 1 hour: Wednesday 24 June 2020)

What is the session about?
The Australian regulations relating to the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), commonly referred to as drones, and other legal considerations when using drones in a university context.
Key Content
- What is a drone?
- How are drones regulated?
- How to gain goverment licences for the use of drones?
- How to obtain UNSW approvals for the use of drones?
- Drones and privacy issues.
Key Learning Outcomes: 
- Understanding of the regulatory Standard Operating Conditions for the use of drones.  
- Understanding how to manage the key risks faced by UNSW users of drones.
Suitable for: Research and teaching academics, administors and research managers interested in using drones for UNSW activities, inlcuding aerial photography and aerial surveying.

Discrimination Law

(DSCRIM - 1 Hour: Thursday 28 May 2020)

What is the session about: 
This 1 hour presentation will cover the relevant anti-discrimination laws which apply to UNSW, and practical tips to help participants avoid falling foul of the law.  
Key Content: 
- An outline of the anti-discrimination and harassment laws which apply to UNSW;
- Identifying incidents of discrimination and harassment in the workplace; and
- Identifying incidents of discrimination in education.
Key Learning Outcomes:
- Become familiar with the laws which prohibit discrimination and harassment; and 
- Understanding of practical steps to prevent discrimination and harassment and reduce legal risks.
Suitable for: All Staff

Conflicts of Interest

(CONFLT - 1 hour: Wednesday 3 June 2020

What is the session about: 
A conflict of interest is a key integrity issue in every professional role.  This session is designed to disvcuss where a conflict of interest can arise and when and where to seek assistance when a choice, decision or disclosure must be made.  We will also explore how conflicting objectives, organisation values, community expectations, personal ethics, duty and the law may all be contestable.
Key content:
- What is a conflict of interest?
- Conflict of interest reasonable person test
- Can you identify a conflict of interest?
- UNSW conflict of interest policy – overview and accountabilities
- How do you disclose a conflict of interest to a manager?
- What is the ‘UNSW Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement’?
- Management of conflict of interest – Procedures for dealing with conflicts of interest and general responsibilities of managers
- Monitoring of conflicts of interest
- Scenarios and questions
Key Learning Outcomes:
-  Be able to describe what a conflict of interest is
- Understand why it is important to manage conflicts of interest
- Understand how to mitigate a conflict of interest using best practice
-  Understand how disclosure can be used to manage conflicts of interest
- Understand the fundamentals of UNSW’s Conflict of Interest policy
Suitable for: Any UNSW staff member where activities can create situations where managers and employees have divided loyalties. 

Advanced Contracts for Non-Lawyers

(ADVCON - 1.5 hours: Tuesday 23 June 2020)

What is this session about?
This 1 to 1.5 hour session that follows on from the UNSW legal office's introductory contracts session (Contracts 101).  This workshop will break down a number of key contract issues that regularly arise for UNSW staff involved in contract negotiations or management.
Key content: 
Term and Termination
- What are the considerations when setting the term of a contract?
- How can a contract be terminated?
Basic IP Contract Issues
- What do you need to consdier when reviewing IP provisions in a contract?
Breach and Remedies
- What happens when a party breaches a contract.  What remedies are available?
Contract Risk
- What are indemnities, liability caps and esclusions?
- How do you assess contract risks?
Governing Law and Disputes
- Dispute clauses and resolution processes
- Governing law and jurisdiction
- What to consider when dealing with contracts governed by foreign jurisdictions?
Variation, Novation and Accession Deeds and Agreements
- What are each of these concepts and when do you use them?
Suitable for: Contract managers, Business Development Managers and anyone else that regularly deals with contract formation or management on behalf of UNSW.  Contracts 101 is not a prerequisite.

Start-Ups 101 - Legal Issues

(STAUPS - 1 hour: Thursday 18 June 2020)

What is the session about?
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the legal issues to be considered for those involved in start-ups.
Key Content:
- Selecting a business structure for the start-up;
- Asset protection;
- Identifying intellectual property; and 
- What agreements should be used.
Key Learning Outcomes:
- Gain an awareness of basic legal issues to consider before commencing a venture; and
- Gain an awareness of key issues bringing an idea from concept stage/lab bench to a real business.
Suitable for: Business Development Managers, School Managers, UNSW staff and students considering forming a start-up.

Brand Governance - Parts 1, 2 and 3

(BRAND1, BRAND2, BRAND3 - 1 hour each: 21 July, 4 Aug & 18 Aug 2020)

What are the sessions about?
BRAND1 - How to create or select brands by (legal) design?
UNSW's brands are the most valuable and important assets. In this session you will learn how to create valuable and enforceable
brands for UNSW and its Centre and Institutes and activities. This is the first of three workshops designed to guide UNSW staff
in making informed brand decisions.
BRAND2 - How to protect your brand both on and offline?
This workshop will teach you the 5 types of brand assets and provide useful tips and examples of how to product and manage
each type of brand asset.
This is the second of three workshops designed to guide UNSW staff in making informed brand decisions.
Ideally you would have attended the first workshiop but it is not a prequisite.
BRAND3 - How to extract value from your brand (the legal way)
The focus of this session is on extracting value from UNSW brand assets, with emphasis on licensing arrangements and the risks of
uncontrolled use of UNSW's brands on and off line.
This is the last of 3 workshops designed to guide UNSW staff in making informed brand decisions.
Ideally you would have attended the previous workshops but it is not a prerequisite.
Key Content:
BRAND1 -How to create or select brands by (legal) design?:
- Brand equity versus brand value;
- The anatomy of a health brand;
- Brand creation, selection and design;
- Brand know-how as competitor intelligence; and 
- Managing reputational and legal risks on and offline.
BRAND2 - How to protect your brand both on and offline?
- Brand protection pyramid;
- Understanding the 5 types of brand asset;
- Protection strategies for each type;
- Managing reputational and legal risks on and offline; and 
- Enforcement strategies.
BRAND3 - How to extract value from your brand (the legal way)
- Understanding brands in the context of IP portfolios;
- Control as key to brand health and managing reputation risk;
- Ins and outs of Trade Mark Licensing; and 
- Legal Checklist when evolving brands.
Key Learning Outcomes: 
BRAND1 -How to create or select brands by (legal) design?:
- Understanding of the CREATE stage of the Brand Governance model;
- Understanding what makes a healthy brand from a legal perspective; and
- Understanding the key brand risks and strategies to overcome those risks at the brand create/acquitre stage.
BRAND2 - How to protect your brand both on and offline?:
- Brand Governance model; 
- Understanding the different Brand Assets and associtaed protection and eforcement strategies; and 
- Understanding the key brand risks and strategies to overcome those risks at the brand protect stage.
BRAND3 - How to extract value from your brand (the legal way)
- Understanding of the EXTRACT stage of the Brand Governance model;
- Understanding how brand value is affected by use and control; and
- Understanding the key legal risks at the EXTRACT stage and the dos and don'ts of brand licensing.
All sessions suitable for:  Professionals engaged in: public relations, marketing, promotion, merchandising, events, brand use as well as FEDs and
managers of Centres and institutes, curious and engaged individuals with a passion for protecting UNSW brands and reputation.  

Using Social Media - What's the risk?

SOCMED - 1 hour: Tuesday 25 August 2020)

What is the session about?
This 1 hour presentation will outline the main legal risks associated with 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 risk in using social media
- Misleading and deceptive conduct through social media
- Protecting intellectual propertly online
- Cyber-risks
Key Learning Outcomes: 
- Become familiar with the laws which apply to social media
- Understanding of practical steps to reduce legal risks of social media use
Suitable for:  All staff


(CONFID - 1 hour: Thursday 8 October 2020)

What is the session about: 
Legally enforceable obligations to maintain confidence exist in many different contexts.
This session covers the principles of confidentiality and includes case studies and scenarios.
Key Content:
What is an obligation of confidence? 
       - What are the key principles of confidentiality in contract and at law?
·      - What are the rights and obligations as a recipient or as a discloser of confidential information?
·      - What key terms are used in confidentiality agreements?
·      - What constitutes a breach of confidence and are there any legitimate exceptions or excuses?
·      - What are the potential ramifications for a breach of confidence?
 - How does one ensure confidentiality in the workplace?
Key Learning Outcomes: 
- Understanding the fundamentals of confidentiality.
- Understanding best practice in maintaining confidence
Suitable for: Any UNSW staff member, particularly school managers, researchers and academics engaged in activities or projects where confidentiality is paramount.  

Academic Freedom, Free Speech & the Downfall of Everything

(FREESP - 1.5 hrs: Thursday 22 October 2020)

What is the session about: 
It will cover how 'Freedom of Speech' is a commonly cited principle within Universities, but how has it been interpreted? 
Can your employer lawfully curtain your speech and if so, how? 
What will the Government do next in this space?
Key Content: 
- What does Freedom of Speech mean in Australia?  And within Universities?
- What are the limitations on freedom of speech?

Key Learning Outcomes: 

-An understanding of what 'freedom of speech' means both generally and in a University context. 
- An understanding of what speech obligations employees owe employers, that may inevitably curtail freedom of speech.
- Likely Coalition developments in the next 12 months.

Suitable for:  Anyone who is interested.

Modern Slavery

(MODSLA - 1 hour-1.5 hours: Tuesday 27 October 2020)

What is this session about: 
This course aims to inform UNSW staff about modern slavery, how it is relevant to the work of UNSW and what we are doing to respond to our reporting obligations of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth),
Under the Modern Slavery Act, UNSW must report on modern slavery risks across our operations and in respect of our supply chains.  This course will familarise UNSW staff with the new reporting requirements and the roles and responsibilities of staff to contribute to identifying, managing or reporting modern slavery risks.
Key Content: 
- What is modern slavery?
- How is modern slavery related to our work at UNSW?
- What does the Modern Slavery Act (2018) require from entities such as UNSW?
- How is UNSW responding?
Key Learning Outcomes: 
- A general understanding of modern slavery 
- An understanding of UNSW's reporting requirements and compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.
- Knowledge about the actions UNSW is taking to respond to its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act, including identifying, assessing and managing potential risks of modern slavery in its operations and supply chains.
Suitable for:  Suitable for all staff.  This course is recommended for staff: 
- who manager or approve procurement activities or have a financial delegation;
- who are in operational and decision making roles, such as Faculty Executive Directors; Heads of School; School Managers;
- who are in Strategic Procurement;
- who are performing compliance duties in Controlled Entities.