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    • 19 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 21 May 2017
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • Fairmont Resort Leura NSW

    Future Work

     The conference will focus on what we could face and what developments there could be for not only industrial relations but the workplace itself in years to come.

    Held at the Fairmont Resort Leura

    Speakers and Session Topics will include:


    Federal Shadow Minister For Employment and WR Brendan O’Connor

    NSW WR Shadow Minister Adam Searle

    Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman
    • Commissioner Leigh Johns, Fair Work Commission. -The Virtual FWC
    • Kylie Nomchong, Counsel, Denman Chambers - "Social Media"
    • Glenn Fredericks, Counsel, Frederick Jordan  Chambers - The Year In Review
    • Jeane Wells NTEU “The future of work and time: Working hours regulation for gender equality, health and climate”
    • Professor Bradon Ellem, Sydney University  “[IR] Adventures in the Pilbarra” [Book to be published in June 2017]

    • Professor Andrew Stewart, University of Adelaide - Topic TBC

    Discussion Panel: Regulating Work: Uber type arrangements”

    • Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, University Of Technology Sydney
    • Sharlene Wellard, Meridian Lawyers
    • Thomas Costa, Unions NSW

    Debate: Bringing Sexy Back - Is Industrial Relations as A Discipline No Longer Sexy?

     Moderator:    Christa Lenard, Solicitor, K&L Gates

     Affirmative:   

    • Yas Sharif, Counsel, Wentworth Selborne Chambers
    •  Emily Baxter, Solicitor, K&L Gates
    •  Luis Izzo, Solicitor, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisers      

     Negative: 

    • Oshie Fagir, Counsel, Greenway Chambers
    • Vanja Bulut, Counsel, Wentworth Selborne Chambers
    • Sophie Baartz, Solicitor, AIG Workplace Lawyers

    Special Guest Dinner Speaker

    For the detailed conference program click here

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorship of the Conference gives your organisation the opportunity to bring its brand and/or name to the attention of a broad spectrum of Industrial Relations practitioners including employers, trade unions, employment consultants, tribunal members, academics, students and the legal profession. click here for further details.

    Conference Information

    Should you have any questions about the Conference please email your questions to: Boddhi@bigpond.com Or Telephone: Brad Buffoni 0403 316 205

    • 24 May 2017
    • 26 Jul 2017
    • Fair Work Commission - 80 William Street, East Sydney

    About the Course

    From May 2017, IRSNSW will again be running the popular “Advocacy in the IR Tribunals” course, in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

    This is a ten week course (one night a week) that teaches participants how to plan successful appearances and to develop quality advocacy skills. Participants have the opportunity to build on their skills in presenting in Tribunals, including through moots presided over by Fair Work Commission (FWC) and NSW Industrial Relations Commission members.

    IRSNSW offers the course in conjunction with the Centre for Management and Organisation Studies (CMOS) at UTS. 

    IRSNSW Executive Committee member Damian Oliver is the course coordinator. The course convenors are experienced barristers Anthony Britt and Anthony Howell and FWC Deputy President Sams.

    Seventeen participants took part in 2015, with a range of backgrounds: officials from unions and employer associations, employment lawyers, public sector employment relations specialists and FWC associates.

    Dates

    The course will run from 24 May to 26 July. Bookings are now open and places are limited. The course costs $2400 with discounts for IRSNSW members and earlybird bookings. For more information contact Damian Oliver (damian.oliver@uts.edu.au). 

    To Book

    You can book your place click here


    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • K & L Gates Level 31, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
    • 49

    Improve your dispute prevention + resolution skills!

    Led by Senior Deputy President Hamberger.

    As part of an initiative to promote cooperative and productive workplace relations directly to those working in human resources and employment relations, the Fair Work Commission in partnership with the Industrial Relations Society (NSW) will be again conducting two practitioner focused workshops in July and August 2017.

    This workshop will be led by  Senior Deputy President Hamberger of the Fair Work Commission who will be drawing on his own experience, as well as research conducted for the Commission into dispute resolution.

    The workshops will be interactive and have a practical focus. The emphasis will be on providing the participants with the tools to improve their effectiveness in dispute resolution and enterprise bargaining.

    With the number of participants limited for each workshop it is anticipated they will both sell out quickly - so be sure to book early!

    Price includes lunch, networking drinks and notes
    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • K&L Gates, Level 31, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
    • 59

    Speakers at the Patron's Lunch

    Our Patron, Russell Lansbury, will hold a conversation with two of the most prominent emerging leaders of the union and employer groups in Australia about a wide range of issues facing our nation.

    Tim Ayres is the NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU). Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Tim has worked in a range of roles in the union movement during the past 20 years. Tim has a filled a number of other roles including director of an industry superannuation fund and director of the NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN).

    Mark Goodsell is the Head of the Australian Industry Group (AiG) in NSW as well as the leader of the Manufacturing Sector for the AiG. Mark has been with AiG (and its predecessor the MTIA) for over 20 years. Mark also holds a number of other significant roles including Chair of the NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN) and is a member of the NSW Skills Board and Safe Work Australia.

    The conversation with Tim and Mark will focus on a number of key questions including how we can ensure that Australian economy is efficient, that there is fairness in our society, that our future workforce will have sufficient skills to  meet future challenges and that our industrial relations systems is effective.  There will be ample opportunity for members to put their own questions to our guests.

    Tim Ayres - NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

    Tim Ayres is the NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. He has been working in the union movement for over 20 years.

    Tim works everyday to stand up for workers in NSW - ensuring they get a fair deal at work, in the community and from the Government. 

    Under Tim's leadership, the NSW branch has run many high profile and successful campaigns, including the Build Them Here campaign in the Hunter which saw over 15,000 residents petition the Government to support Hunter industry. 

    Tim has served a director of industry superannuation funds, is a director of the NSW Industry Capability Network and a Director of the McKell Institute, a progressive think tank. 

    Tim is married with two children and lives in Sydney.

    Mark Goodsell – Australian Industry Group

    Mark Goodsell is Head - NSW and national Sector Lead – Manufacturing for the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

    Mark has been with Ai Group since 1985, initially as an industrial relations adviser to the manufacturing, heavy engineering and construction sectors. Since 1998 his role has centred on public policy representing the industry base of Ai Group membership, particularly manufacturing.

    His policy focus includes WHS and workers compensation, red tape and economic regulation, state and regional development, innovation, government procurement, skills formation and vocational education.

    Mark is the Chair of the NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN), a member of Safe Work Australia and the NSW Skills Board.

    Russell Lansbury – Patron of the IRS of NSW and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney

    Russell Lansbury has served as the Patron of the IRS of NSW since 2012. He is a former President of the IRS of NSW as well as ALERA. He was also President of the ILERA when the World Congress was held in Sydney in 2009 and hosted by ALERA. He is also a former joint editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Russell has worked with British Airways in the UK and has held a number of academic positions in universities within Australia and overseas. He was Professor of Industrial Relations and served as the foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (later known as the Workplace Research Centre) at the University of Sydney.

    He holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to industrial relations



    • 25 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • K & L Gates Level 31, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
    • 50

    Improve your enterprise bargaining skills!

    Led by Deputy President Booth.

    As part of an initiative to promote cooperative and productive workplace relations directly to those working in human resources and employment relations, the Fair Work Commission in partnership with the Industrial Relations Society (NSW) will be conducting a second practitioner focused workshop on 25 August 2017.

    The workshop will be led by Deputy President Booth of the Fair Work Commission who will be drawing on her own experience, as well as research conducted for the Commission into enterprise bargaining.

    The workshop will be interactive and have a practical focus. The emphasis will be on providing the participants with the tools to improve their effectiveness in dispute resolution and enterprise bargaining. 

    Price includes lunch, networking drinks and notes

    Numbers are limited so you are advised to book ealry

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