New South Wales

President Angela Catello  
Vice Presidents Stephanie McLuckie
Secretary Carol Howard  
Treasurer Michael Waterhouse  
Representative on Editorial Board Lucy York  
Executive Members Sonia Parsons  
  David Chen  
  Rebecca Haynes  
  Margaret Baker  
  John Boesenberg  
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Chapter Update March 2023

NSW has been busy over the last 9 months. A very successful 29th Annual Conference was held in September 2022 and we have an outline of events for 2023 starting on Thursday 23 March with a seminar entitled Artificial Intelligence, Chat GPT and education – curriculum, legal, regulatory and ethical issues.

We are again seeking submissions for the 2023 essay competition and providing one (1) Scholarship and two (2) Grants to attend the Annual Conference to be held on 24 -26 September in Wellington New Zealand.

 Details on all the past and present events can be read in the NSW Newsletter and in the 2022 President’s Report.

Carol Howard

Secretary NSW Chapter


Chapter Update June 2022

Congratulations to our previous President Joanna Ernenwein for initiating the inaugural chapter Essay Competition last year. May 5th saw the presentation of joint first prize to Vicki Geraghty (“The dangers of an absence of policy regarding transgender and gender diverse sport in Australian schools”) with Michaela Melinz (“Cyberbullying and Duty of Care”).

Leah Brooke Anderson was third with “Discrimination in the public educational learning and working environment”.

All three gave a presentation to a live and zoomed audience.

The judging panel (Professor of Law, Sally Varnham, Vice-president Joanna Ernenwein, and editorial board rep, Lucy York), were impressed by the range of topics covered by the submitted essays and original thinking from the winners and other entrants.

The papers are available on request by emailing  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

 NSW/ACT Newsletter: Another exciting development is the creation of an NSW/ACT Newsletter. The Newsletter is expected to be ready for distribution next month.

Annual Conference: The Annual Conference will be held in Sydney on 28- 30 September, a joint enterprise between the National Board and the NSW Chapter. We look forward to seeing you there!



Previous Chapter updates

Chapter Update April 2022

The NSW Chapter has commenced 2022 and welcome our new President, Dr Tryon Francis and committee member Stephanie McLuckie.

Joanna Ernenwein, our previous President who led us though the difficult covid shutdown years, has remained on the committee and Jenny Moes has left us. The Committee thank both for their assistance and advice in their specific roles.

You are invited to attend the announcement of our ESSAY COMPETION WINNERS!  

The presentation will take place on the 5th May at the:

NSW Teacher Federation Building
23-33 Mary Street
Surry Hills

The presentation is also available via ZOOM.

RSVP to Dr Tryon Francis .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to attend either in person or via zoom

ANZELA Essay Competition Announcement Invitation PDF


Chapter update 26 August 2021

Continuing lockdowns in the Sydney metropolitan area have thwarted the Chapter’s plans to hold another seminar in September. Instead, we have decided to have an essay competition inviting NSW and ACT residents to submit an education/law essay of their choice. The best three submissions will win monetary prizes which will be announced at our AGM on December 9.  See details about the AGM below.


ANZELA NSW Essay Competition 2021

Are you a lawyer, educator, law student, education student, or recent graduate, with something to say about a legal issue affecting education? If yes, the ANZELA NSW Chapter invites you to participate in its 2021 Essay Competition. Prizes include a First Prize of $3000, a year’s ANZELA membership, and the opportunity to have your essay included in a future edition  of the International Journal of Law and Education (IJLE).

Full information about the Essay Competition is available here


Chapter Update 25 May 2021

Seminar Review: Responding to Damaging Social Media Behaviours

On Tuesday 18 May, the NSW Chapter held its first face to face education/law seminar since the shutdown in March 2020.

A panel of legal and educational experts—Julie Ross, Principal Kogarah High School; Margaret Baker, Legal Services Department of Education and Constable Matthew Aylward, Crime Prevention Officer—deftly and sensitively unpacked a multi-layered scenario as they responded to the unfolding issues.

Michael Waterhouse facilitated as the panel gave thoughtful and precise practical advice and in-depth responses to questions from the floor. All attendees left the seminar well informed on best practice for management of social media issues.

The Committee wishes to thank everyone who contributed to ensuring the seminar occurred.

Carol Howard
NSW Chapter Secretary


Save the Date

The Annual Conference will be held in Sydney on 28- 30 September, a joint enterprise between the National Board and the NSW Chapter. Details will provided shortly. We look forward to seeing you there!

NSW Chapter Reports

2021 NSW President's Report

2020 NSW President's Report

2019 NSW President's Report

2018 NSW President's Report

2017 NSW President's Report  

2016 NSW President's Report  


ANZELA National Conference 2018

2018 ANZELA Conference Report 

Photos - ANZELA 2018 National Conference

By Joanna Ernenwein 2018 recipient of the inaugural Robert Horton Memorial Scholarship.