Serene is very passionate about student protections at schools (both primary and secondary), universities, TAFE’s and other private colleges. Students may be exposed to bullying, discrimination and harassment. We also deal with more severe cases of sexual assaults and rape. Students may be targeted by other students or by the educational institution itself.

We have dealt with:

  • Sexual harassment of women, emanating from the medical establishment.
  • Student assaults and rapes at University campuses.
  • Unfair models of student assessment at higher education institutions include for medical registrars.
  • Challenging school responses to bullying including cyberbullying.


  • Bullying behaviours- the types of bullying behaviours are physical, verbal or social. Bullying can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying can take place in person or online. Bullying –verbal or social – that happens online or via a mobile phone is referred to as online bullying or cyberbullying. We will help you navigate through Brodie’s Law and see it if it an appropriate course of action for you or your child. Brodie’s Law was introduced after the tragic suicide of a young woman, Brodie Panlock, who was subjected to relentless bullying in her workplace. Brodie’s Law makes serious bullying a criminal offence punishable through 10 years’ imprisonment.
  • Victimisation behaviours- including being subjected to threats or other form of detriment or harm for having lodged a complaint at your educational institution, provided information or documents, reasonably asserted your rights or someone else’s rights under a relevant law.
  • Sexual harassment- unwelcome or unwanted sexual behaviour that offends, humiliates, intimidates or undermines you. It can be physical, verbal, written or other conduct. It can be a single incident, or repeated behaviour.
  • Vilification behaviours- including behaviour that incites or encourages hatred, serious contempt, revulsion or severe ridicule against another person or group of people because of their race and/or religion.
  • Discriminatory behaviours- being treated unfairly or not as well as others because of a characteristic like your sex, religion, sexuality or gender identity, physical features or disability.
  • Violent behaviours- this includes physical assault, sexual assault and rape. We will help you report these violent behaviours and seek compensation as a Victim of Crime.

In schools, the bad responses may include:

  • Ineffectively dealing with the bully or bullies and forcing the bullied student to continue to interact with the perpetrators.
  • Blaming the bullied student for not having enough resilience to cope or deal with the bully or bullies.
  • Instructing the bullied student to ‘Say No’ to the bully or bullies without following up the consequences if there is further escalation.
  • Forcing the bullied student to talk about their feelings with the bully or bullies without following up the consequences if there is further escalation.

In universities and training institutions, the bad responses may include:

  • Poor performance reviews.
  • Failing grades.
  • Failure to provide reviews to students or engage student in the review process.
  • Perpetrators assessing performance.
  • Compulsory medical referrals with ‘hired-gun’ psychiatrists.
  • Loss of student benefits.
  • Sham investigations of targets’ complaints or wrongful investigation of targets.
  • Denial of review rights.
  • Reported for trivial or manufactured matters.
  • Prevention from developing a written record of victimisation.
  • Increased scrutiny of studies or performance.
  • Essential study resources withdrawn.
  • Over-worked (eg. as a medical trainee) or set up for failure or under-worked to ensure boredom or sense of inferiority.
  • Threats of official or unofficial reprisals.
  • Trivialising, exaggerating or otherwise distorting the target’s complaints and then discrediting the target by rejecting the resulting ‘red herring’.
  • Forced censorship.
  • Legal/policy rights misrepresented or denied.
  • Ostracism/rumour spreading.
  • Undermined authority.
  • Blacklisted for other positions or referrals.
  • Stopped from graduating.
  • Initial behaviour complained about is allowed to continue/escalate or is replicated by other employees towards the targets.
  • Pressuring the target to seek counselling/medical treatment rather than perpetrators.
  • Forced to work with perpetrators.
  • Required to work or study in unsafe conditions.
  • Property damaged.
  • Psychological, sexual, verbal or physical intimidation or abuse.