Dear Felicity, I can sympathise with your plight. Back in the
seventies, I was embroiled in a courtcase over ownership of a
design and copyright issues arising. Although I eventually won
through, the court case lasted four years and was very traumatic.
Some bureaucrats, especially in government departments (working
in TAFE, I know about these things) will make certain assertions
and give them a quasi-legal weight which has no reality in law.
Bureacracies are notorious for their smug assumption that their
decisions are somehow the final word on any issue. Believe me,
this is not so.
Take your concerns to the Ombudsman’s Department or whichever
public watchdog exists in W.A. Do you have a branch of the ICAC
in Perth? It may seem to be a daunting step to take, but you will
hopefully find that there is a satisfactory outcome to reward
your sense of justice and perseverance.