Responding to Legal Claims and Writs

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Purpose of this policy

To explain how staff should deal with subpoenas, writs, claims, demands and other legal matters or correspondence.


All legal matters, including subpoenas, writs, claims, demands and any other legal matters or correspondence should be immediately referred to the Legal Division:

Legal Division
Department of Education and Training
Second Floor, 2 Treasury Place
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: 9637-3146

The Legal Division operates a duty lawyer phone service from Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm.

All requests for legal advice from schools should also be directed to the Legal Division as above.

Employee Conduct Branch - Role and Contact Details

Employee Conduct Branch (formerly Conduct and Ethics Branch) is responsible for:

  • providing advice to principals regarding the management of complaints, misconduct and unsatisfactory performance in relation to employees
  • employment limitations
  • criminal records checks and police liaison regarding employee conduct.

The Branch may be contacted by schools via:

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