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The 5th Annual Law of Religious Institutions online conference

Thursday, 5 OctoberFriday, 13 October

Returning for its 5th year, you are invited to, The Annual Law of Religious Institutions online conference.

This event will span over 4 non-consecutive days, each day marking a new topic.
All 4 days will begin at 10am with Introductions and will finish approximately 1pm.

Event summary & program

This online conference will be delivered in a style similar to a live conference. There are Chairs for each part to introduce speakers and facilitate question time and the online portal allows delegates to pose questions to the speakers via the chat facility.

Delegates will receive a link to login and attend each of the 4 parts of this conference. Access to the papers & Powerpoints will be available online to all delegates in the lead-up to the conference (as they become available).

Day 1: Governance & structure, Thursday 5 October 2023

Chair: Murray Baird, Principal Murray Baird Advisory, Consultant Prolegis Lawyers, Melbourne

Session 1: For whom the bell tolls: Counting the cost of poor governance for religious institutions.

Session 2: It’s all relative: Conflict of interest disclosure in the religious institutions.

Session 3: The Regulator’s role in the religious sector: Might V Right?

Day 2: Managing compliance risks, Friday 6 October 2023

Chair: Howard Harrison Partner, Carroll & O’Dea, Sydney, NSW

Session 4: Child Safety Compliance and Risk Management for Religious Institutions

Session 5: Updates and Developments in Historical Sexual Abuse Claims

Session 6: God’s Little Acre: Real Estate and Religious Institutions

Day 3: Managing employees, Thursday 12 October 2023

Chair: Mark Fowler, Principal, Fowler Charity Law, Sydney

Session 7: Developments in Employment Law for Religious Institutions

Session 8: On the Front Line: Psychosocial Injury and Religious Institutions

Session 9: Risks and Rewards in Volunteer Reliance

Day 4: Future Reforms, Friday 13 October 2023

Chair: Libby Klein, Director, Social Impact Legal, Melbourne, Vic

Session 10: Current issues in Fundraising and Philanthropy for Religious Institutions

Session 11: Religious Freedom – At the Crossroads?

Session 12: An Unholy Alliance: Religious Advancement, PBIs and Taxation

Extra information



Early Bird Registration – for registrations made on or before 25 August 2023 – $1573
Discount Registration – for registrations made on or before 15 September 2023 – $1738
Full Price Registration – all registrations after 15 September $1848

*All prices are listed with GST included




  • Lawyers (except WA): 10 CPD units (substantive law).
  • WA Lawyers: 6 CPD points (substantive law) being the maximum claimable for a conference.

TEN is an accredited provider.

All delegates attending the conference will receive a CPD Certificate confirming attendance.


We do accept bookings for attending individual parts. To organise this type of booking, please contact Hayley Williams-Cameron: email


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact the Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams-Cameron via email or phone (03) 8601 7730


Thursday, 5 October
Friday, 13 October
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The Education Network
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