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Sexual Harassment: Changing Workplace Culture Workshops FAQs

The Society’s free Sexual Harassment and Workplace Culture (SHWC) training is now happening 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 you do not need to attend again in 2022-2023. At this stage, this is not an annual requirement.

Listed below are some commonly asked questions

1. I haven’t seen my letter – can you help? [Note: the letter is an attachment in an email to you)
It has come to our attention that, although our records show a letter (attached in an email) was sent to all listed member email addresses (and did not bounce), a number of practitioners haven’t seen it. Please check junk mail in case it has landed there.

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

3. What if I can’t get to the session that I’ve been scheduled for?
If you are unable to make your session, please contact the CPD Team before the session at cpd@lst.org.au and we will try to fit you into another session. Please note: This is now becoming increasingly difficult as sessions reach capacity. As such and as a courtesy, the Society asks that, unless you have very pressing mitigating circumstances for not attending, you please attend the session that you have been given as each session is capped, and there are many practitioners to accommodate.

4. Can I just turn up to any session?
No. The Society will roll out several sessions throughout the CPD year and seating is capped per session. It is therefore essential that you turn up to the session that you will be allocated to.

5. Will I need to RSVP?
No. If you attend the session to which you will be nominated you do not need to RSVP – we will have you registered.

6. Do I have to sign in on the day?
Yes. The Society maintains a record of attendance for PC condition compliance purposes. A record of your attendance may be accessed during the PC renewal or audit process. If you do not sign in on the day, the Society may not have a record of your compliance and may be contact you to attend another session.

7. Can I record CPD points for attending this workshop?
Yes. This 1.5-hour workshop provides you with 1.5 Equality and Wellbeing (EW) CPD points.

8. 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.

9. What if I have attended a previous Society SHWC workshop?
You do not need to attend again. If you received a letter, please email cpd@lst.org.au letting us know when you last attended and we will take you off the list.

10. When can I expect to find out about upcoming sessions?
In August 2022 the Society sent letters (as an attachment via member’s listed email addresses) to all practitioners listing a specified session – please check junk mail. You may also have received an update email if, for any reason, your scheduled date or time has changed.

11. What is the correct October dates for the Launceston workshops?
There was a date error in the initial letters sent to Launceston attendees in October 2022. The date stated Wednesday 28 October and this should read Wednesday 26 October.

12. 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.

13. 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.