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Third Annual Law of Religious Institutions Conference Online

Thursday, 14 OctoberFriday, 22 October

A discount is available to University of Divinity students and staff, reducing the registration fee by $275 down to $1573. Use the coupon code DIVINITY when registering. This discount is valid until 5/10/2021.


The legal and regulatory challenges facing religious institutions and their advisers have never been greater. Board members have increasingly onerous responsibilities, member disputes are on the rise, and historical abuse claim issues continue to remain at the fore. Television Education Network’s 2021 conference examines these key issues, along with recent developments in employment law, mandatory reporting obligations, as well as transparency and conflict of interest issues.

This is our annual two day conference delivered online in four parts over four half days. All delegates registering for the online conference will receive recordings of all of the sessions post-conference to view at your leisure.

Part 1: Governance Challenges

Thursday 14 October 2021 [10am to 12.45pm]

  • Board Member and Director Duties under the Spotlight in Religious Institutions
  • Blowing Away the Cobwebs from Constituent Documents of Religious Institutions
  • Avoiding the Nuclear Option: Effective Management of Member Disputes

Part 2: Risk Management

Friday 15 October 2021 [10am to 12.45pm]

  • Is Faith Enough? Re-thinking Risk Management in Religious Institutions
  • As Clear as Mud: Transparency and Conflict of Interest in the Governance of Religious Institutions
  • Process and Procedural Fairness in Investigations for Religious Institutions

Part 3: Managing People

Thursday 21 October 2021 [10am to 12.45pm]

  • A Rose by Any Other Name? Characterising the Legal Relationship between Religious Institution and Clergy
  • Developments in Employment Law for Religious Institutions
  • Raising the Bar: A Higher Standard for Employees of Religious Institutions?

Part 4: Mandatory Reporting and Litigation

Friday 22 October 2021 [10am to 12.45pm]

  • It’s Not Child’s Play: A Guide to Mandatory Reporting for Religious Institutions
  • With the Benefit of Hindsight: New Perspectives for Managing Historical Sexual Abuse Claims
  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Leadership in Religious Institutions


  • Murray Baird, Principal, Murray Baird Advisory, Melbourne
  • Philip Battye, Partner, HWL Ebsworth, Melbourne
  • Andrew Lind, Director, Corney & Lind Lawyers, Brisbane
  • Rebecca Lambert-Smith, Practice Leader, Moores, Melbourne
  • Luke Geary, Partner, Mills Oakley, Brisbane
  • Amanda Ryding, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney
  • David Ford, Partner, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, Sydney
  • Adam Foster, Principal Lawyer, Macpherson Kelley, Melbourne
  • Skye Rose, Practice Leader, Moores, Melbourne
  • Alistair Macpherson, Managing Director, Corney & Lind Lawyers, Brisbane
  • Katie Clark, Partner, MinterEllison, Brisbane
  • Adrian Barwick, Solicitor Director, WilliamsonBarwick, Sydney
  • Mark Fowler, Principal, Fowler Charity Law, Sydney
  • Hannah Fraenkel, Senior Associate, Macpherson Kelley, Melbourne
  • Robert Goot, AO SC, Barrister, State Chambers, Sydney
  • Stephen Hughes, Principal Lawyer, Franklin Athanasellis Cullen, Brisbane


  • Very relevant and detailed content, specific to this cohort of clients. Extensive coverage of the range of legal issues that religious institutions deal with. Presenters who were very knowledgeable about religious organisations. Will attend again!
  • I appreciated the effort to bring complex matters to practical points of understanding specific to our particular situation.
  • Overall the conference was very well put together, and on the whole the speakers and their papers were first class.
  • Relevant and access able with excellent speakers


If you need assistance or you have an enquiry please contact our Event Manager, Jenna Pickrell, on (03) 8601 7729 or email: jenna@tved.net.au


$1,848.00 (Inclusive of GST)

A discount is available to University of Divinity students and staff, reducing the registration fee by $275 down to $1573. Use the coupon code DIVINITY when registering. This discount is valid until 5/10/2021.


Thursday, 14 October
Friday, 22 October
Event Category:


Online Event


Television Education Network
(03) 8601 7729

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