Child Safety and Mandatory Reporting


Child Safety & Mandatory Reporting

Legislation & Professional Obligations for Teachers

Presented by Lyn Spiteri, VMTA Vice President

Date: Thursday 30 April
Time: 7.30pm (AEST)
Location: Online via Zoom


PD Certificate Provided

Don't miss this essential opportunity to understand your legal & professional obligations as a teacher!


As  instrumental music teachers, we have a professional obligation to understand our legal responsibilities around conduct and duty of care.

This includes issues around Child Safety, Mandatory Reporting requirements and setting professional boundaries.

With COVID-19 shutdown restrictions and the transition to an online learning platform, the professional boundaries that you already had in place, or that existed within the infrastructure of your school or studio may now be blurred.

Awareness and compliance with Child Safety & Mandatory Reporting Programs are crucial no matter whether you teach within a school or operate from a home studio. 

We’ll cover:

  • The requirements of IMTs employed both inside and outside school systems 
  • Current Child Protection legislation in Victoria
  • Child Protection Agencies in Victoria
  • Mandatory Reporting requirements and process
  • The Mandatory Reporting eModules

You will also receive useful links and other resources. There will be a Live Chat/Q&A during the last part of the webinar, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions. After you have watched the webinar, you will be able to download a PD certificate, and you will be sent a link to the recording.

This webinar will be suitable for teachers of all instruments. 

How to Register
Click on the registration link below.
Enter your name and email address to sign up for the FREE webinar. After you've registered, you'll receive a confirmation email with some instructions and a link to join the webinar. You'll also receive a reminder email 24 hours before the event is due to take place, and 60 minutes prior to the start time.



Don't worry if you can't attend the webinar at the published time. Simply go ahead and register and you'll receive a link to watch the replay.

How to Join a Zoom Webinar
We recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer to join this webinar. When you click on the link to join, you'll be prompted to open Zoom if you already have the software installed. Otherwise you will be asked to download the free version. Depending on which device you are using, you may be able to view the webinar in your browser without installing Zoom. In any case, to avoid any possible delays, we highly recommend you download and install the free version of  Zoom ahead of time. 

Genevieve Newton
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
T: (03) 5243 4200

About the Presenter

Lyn completed her BMus at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and a DipEd (Sec) from ACU before she began teaching instrumentally, arranging repertoire and conducting ensembles at a variety of different schools across all sectors. 

She completed her Masters of Education at VU, is currently undergoing the Professional Certificate in Positive Education at the University of Melbourne and plans to continue this work through a PhD. Her aim is to empower students while ensuring they attain a quality and comprehensive musical foundation that will prepare them for a variety of musical pathways.

Lyn works as an Instrumental Teacher at Thomas Carr College in Tarneit, is the Program Manager at Chasing Sound Music School in Footscray and serves on the VMTA Board of Directors as Vice-President. She participates actively as an educator, musician, ensemble director, facilitator and administrator within these professional and amateur spheres and is passionate about advocating for our industry. 

Useful Links

Mandatory Reporting eModules (x4)
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (DHHS)
Child FIRST Referral and Support Teams
Child Safety Standards
Useful Information for Teachers (VMTA Website)

Related Resources

Child Safe Standard 5 Schools Guide
Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme

Failure to Disclose Offence Fact Sheet
Mandatory Reporting Steps
Signs of Child Abuse
What is Reportable

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