Centre for Continuing Education

Joe Alvaro

Joe Alvaro


In 2019 Joe Alvaro entered his 24th year as a professional educator. He obtained his Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities) from the University of Sydney. Joe has taught in both government and non government schools in NSW and also has overseas teaching experience in China. He is currently Head of Department ( Human Society and its Environment) at a secondary school in Sydney and also teaches Legal Studies there. Joe has coordinated the Law Society of NSW Inter-School Mock Trial Competition in a number of schools he has taught at and has marked the external NSW Higher School Certificate Legal Studies examination. He also sits on the Board of Economics and Business Educators NSW and serves as President of this organisation, as well as on the Board of the Professional Teachers' Council NSW.

Joe is also the author of “Legal Studies – Book A” ( User Friendly Resources) and “Legal Studies – Book B” ( User Friendly Resources), and co-author of “Exploring Business” (Blake Education). He has written teaching and learning programs for Legal Studies at a school and regional level, designed commercial trial HSC Legal Studies examinations and authored articles for professional journals in the social sciences. Futhermore, he has convened and presented at conferences for teachers of Legal Studies and presented papers at Business Educators Australasia Biennial National Conferences. In 2014 Joe presented a paper titled “Teaching Human Rights Using A Case Study Approach: An Australian Perspective” at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served on a Citizens' Police Jury in 2014. The City of Sydney Council, in conjunction with the NSW Government, tasked the jury with the following remit: “How can we ensure we have a vibrant and safe Sydney nightlife?”.

Joe designed and began the HSC Legal Studies Preparation courses at The University of Sydney and has taught them there since 2011. Many of his students have achieved high final results in Legal Studies over the years, including Band 6 (the highest band) results.

We acknowledge the tradition of custodianship and law of the Country on which the University of Sydney campuses stand. We pay our respects to those who have cared and continue to care for the Country.