Leaders and the Law

Leaders are required to have a good working knowledge of the law and must ensure their school or preschool is operating within the law.

A major factor in the increasing demand and complexity of leadership roles is the need to understand the new and changing laws that apply to leadership roles. Leaders will be familiar with changes in the law in areas including:

  • Child Protection
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Disability Discrimination
  • The Code of Ethics

The increasing focus on education and child safety is also visible in recommendations flowing from the Debelle Royal Commission and the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.

Accountability requirements on leaders have also substantially increased. These have been influenced by higher public expectations of accountability on government and public sector agencies, including the establishment of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC).

In recent years we have witnessed the Department place a greater emphasis on internal misconduct investigations against members. Some matters which would have been dealt with at the local level are now subject to formal investigation processes and findings that can lead to disciplinary action. Investigations and findings made through disciplinary processes have a deep personal impact and remain on an employee’s record over the remainder of their career.

Leaders are now under the spotlight more than ever. They need quality independent advice, support and legal assistance to be successful and protect their reputation.

We cannot provide you with legal assistance if an event happens while you are not a member. It is critical that you consider joining SASSLA now so we can assist you when you most need it!


  • Protect your career, reputation and wallet with fully funded legal support provided by our highly experienced legal team.
  • We focus exclusively on school and preschool leadership to give you advocacy without compromise.
  • Our membership is excellent value for money compared to other sources. Membership fees are $34.03 per fortnight and are tax deductible.
  • Regular email, web and social media updates about leaders’ work and legal matters affecting education.
  • Conferences and seminars dedicated to school leadership issues throughout the year.
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Whilst other associations and the Department talk about leader well-being, it has only been SASSLA who has provided the care, concern and professional guidance for me over the past two years. As leaders we often hear of others enduring stressful times and it is easy to gossip, dismiss or think it won’t happen to us and walk away. I hope no-one has to endure what I have, but if you do, you can’t afford not to belong to SASSLA.