Past Webinars


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The last 12 webinars are below and older webinars can be found on our Vimeo page.

Accompanying factsheets can be found in the Resources.

My Family and My Work – discrimination law and protections in the Fair Work Act.

Presented by: Ruby Catsanos – Solicitor, Working Women’s Legal Service NSW

Women often face difficulties at work as a result of pregnancy, breast-feeding, parental or carer responsibilities. This webinar looks at gender-based and family-focussed discriminations in the workplace and what protections are in place in the Fair Work Act. It also looks at the overlaps between the Fair Work Act and discrimination legislation.


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Broadcast: 6 July 2022

The new affirmative consent laws – what do they really mean?

Presented by: Liz Snell – Law Reform and Policy Coordinator and Anna Blacket – Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Consent Reforms) Bill 2021 has been passed by the NSW Parliament and will take effect on proclamation (as of 1st June 2022). This webinar will explain what the introduction of ‘affirmative consent’ really means. We will look at the history behind the amendments, how they may affect sexual assault reporting, as well as influence cultural change in responding to sexual assault.


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Broadcast: 6 June 2022

Domestic Violence and Housing

Presented by: Kellie McDonald – Senior Solicitor and Lody Stewart – Financial Counsellor, Women’s Legal Service NSW

In this webinar, our WLS solicitor and financial counsellor will be talking about the legal and financial options for women experiencing DV who want to either stay or leave the home they own or rent. 


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Broadcast: 4 May 2022

The Factors in Parenting Disputes about Covid-19 Vaccination of Children

Presented by: Amy Power and Madeleine Causbrook – Solicitors, Women’s Legal Service NSW


Since January this year, children aged five to 11 years of age have been eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. For some parents, this presents unique issues for their parenting arrangement. At this AskLois seminar we will be discussing the issue of COVID-19 vaccination of children in parenting arrangements, and key factors for parents to consider in disputes about whether or not to vaccinate their child.

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Broadcast: 6 April 2022

International Parental Child Abduction

Presented by: Belinda Li, Acting Managing Lawyer, ISS Australia Kay Hardefeldt, Manager, ISS Australia – International Parental Child Abduction Social Work Service

Issues International parental abduction (IPCA) occurs when either parent decides to remove their child from Australia without the other parent’s consent, or refuses to return their child to Australia after an agreed period overseas (such as a holiday). 

This webinar looks at how to recognise IPCA; remedies under the 1980 Hague Convention; and legal and social work support offered to families experiencing IPCA. 

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Broadcast: 2 March 2022

Understanding Your Rights at Work

Presented by: Lucy Carroll, Head of Employment Law Service,  Marrickville Legal Centre

Issues in the workplace can often be overlooked as part of ‘working together’, however this is often not the case. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) provides a number of protections for workers, which ensure that employees are not taken advantage of in the workplace.

This webinar discusses: how to recognise issues in the workplace; what an underpayment can look like; what bullying and harassment in the workplace can look like; what rights an employee has in the workplace; how to enforce those rights; and the intersection between employment law and other areas of law such as immigration and tenancy.

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Broadcast: 2 February 2022

The Federal Circuit and Family Courts merger – what has changed?

Presented by Gabrielle Craig, Assistant Principal Solicitor, WLS NSW

The merging of the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court commenced on 1 September 2021.

So what do these changes really mean in practice? What has changed when preparing for trial? This webinar will provide an overview of the changes and their impacts when supporting clients with their family law proceedings.

Broadcast: 1 December 2021

Socio-Legal Collaboration when assisting women experiencing DFV & SA with their legal issues

Presented by Evelyn Chan, Social Worker and Julie Howes, Solicitor, WLS NSW

This webinar explores how community workers can support women with common legal issues that arise in the context of domestic & family violence and sexual assault; identify when clients should get legal advice; and assist clients to prepare for legal advice.

We discuss how community workers can best support their clients to work with a solicitor and the value of collaboration between community workers and solicitors.

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Broadcast: 3 November 2021

Supporting Women with a Disability Experiencing DV and Sexual Violence

Presented by Freya Higgins – Project Officer: Violence Prevention, People with Disability Australia; and Caterina Mazza – Solicitor, Australian Centre for Disability Law 

This webinar explores the experiences of women with disability in relation to DV, sexual assault and abuse. It talks about The Building Access Project, an innovative pilot enabling Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) services to better meet the needs of women and children with disability by increasing accessibility to domestic and family violence services across NSW.

Broadcast: 6 October 2021

Running Parenting Matters in the Indigenous List

Presented by Amy Power – Solicitor, WLS NSW

A session for those involved with family law (parenting) matters with a particular focus on the Indigenous List at the Sydney Registry. This webinar will include an overview of the Indigenous list, information on process, filing, interim hearings, urgent applications and specifics on how the indigenous list runs.


Broadcast: 8 September 2021

Untangling Financial Abuse for Women Escaping DV

Presented by Claire Khoury – Senior Solicitor, Financial Rights Centre and Lody Stewart – Senior Financial Counsellor, WLS NSW

This webinar explains what financial abuse is and provides information about how and where women can get help when financial abuse has occurred. It also explains what practical steps can be taken to help a woman untangle any credit, debt or insurance issues that may only have come to light after leaving a financially abusive relationship.


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Broadcast: 4 August 2021

The Intersection of DFV and Immigration issues

Presented by Jessica Schulman – Senior Solicitor, Immigration Advice and Rights Centre

This webinar provides a brief overview of the intersection between immigration and DFV – with a focus on women on temporary visas who experience DFV, and where the DFV affects their immigration status.


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Broadcast: 7 July 2021
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