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Sexual Harassment: Changing Workplace Culture Workshops FAQs

The Society’s free Sexual Harassment and Workplace Culture (SHWC) training is being run for all legal practitioners with a practising certificate in Tasmania if you have not already attended. You will see this condition listed on your current practising certificate.
If you attended in the 2021-2022 round (please check your CPD activity records), you do not need to attend again in 2022-2023. Currently, this is not an annual requirement.

Listed below are some commonly asked questions

1. I missed my workshop – now what?
If you missed your workshop in 2022, you will have now received a notification from the Society (via email on Friday 20 January 2023) placing you into the last of the upcoming workshops. The date you have now been given is scheduled to assist practitioners, who haven’t come along at their previously scheduled times, or who have received a new PC since the last held workshop, to attain compliance before 30 April 2023. To this end, the Society hopes that you will make every effort to get along.

2. What happens if I don’t comply with this mandatory PC condition by 30 April 2023?
The Society very much encourages you to attend at your scheduled time/day to avoid a requirement to declare non-compliance in your 2023-2024 PC renewal application. As you may be aware, non-compliance declarations in PC renewal applications are traditionally submitted to the Council of the Law Society for consideration.

3. When are the workshops?
Through various avenues the Society has kept the legal profession informed about the increasing lack of available spaces in the past eighteen workshops and how places have filled due to workshop caps (and overflow from practitioners missing their earlier 2022 workshop). Many workshops were held in September, October, and November. No workshops were scheduled in December, January, or February; the last workshops are in March 2023.

4. Can I attend these workshops via Zoom?
No. The currently scheduled workshops are only offered in-person.

5. Do I have to sign in on the day?
Yes please. The Society maintains a record of attendance at events for PC condition compliance purposes. A record of your attendance may be accessed during the PC renewal and/or audit process. If you do not sign in on the day, the Society will not have a record of your compliance.

6. Can I just turn up to any workshop time/date?
No. The Society rolled out several times/dates with seating capped per workshop. It is therefore essential that you turn up to the workshop that you are allocated to.

7. Where are the workshops held?
The southern workshops are at the Society at 28 Murray Street, Hobart. The northern workshops are at the Society’s Staffordshire House, 56 Charles Street, Launceston. The North-West sessions are at the Paranaple Convention Centre (Aberdeen Room, Level 2) in Devonport.

8. Will I need to RSVP?
No. If you attend the workshop to which you are nominated you do not need to RSVP – we have you registered.

9. Can I record CPD points for attending this workshop?
Yes. The CPD guide for this 1.5-hour workshop is: Equality and Wellbeing (EW); Ethics (E).

10. Can I raise examples beyond the content shown?
Yes. The workshop content is specifically presented to elicit discussion – participants are encouraged to provide examples and to consider ways to address issues raised through the workshop content.

11. Who presents these workshops?
The presenter of these workshops is Catherine Scott. Catherine is currently a member of the newly formed Wellbeing Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania and is committed to promoting and achieving a healthy and positive work culture in the Tasmanian legal profession. Catherine has undertaken specialised training for this Sexual Harassment and Workplace Culture Training Workshop. Catherine Scott has worked as a lawyer in Tasmania for almost 20 years in both private practice, including as a principal at Page Seager Lawyers and now as Head of Legal at ConMoto Group, and in the public sector as a Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Registrar. Catherine specialises in dispute resolution and administrative law, and regularly acts for clients in discrimination and sexual harassment matters. During her time at the Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Catherine mediated many discrimination and sexual harassment matters. Catherine also developed and facilitated the Federal Court’s professional development program and mediation accreditation program.

If you have any queries about this information, please get in touch at cpd@lst.org.au.