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    • 22 May 2019
    • 24 Jul 2019

    Information for irsnsw Members 

    This ten week course will teach participants working in industrial relations and/or human resource management how to plan successful appearances before the Fair Work Commission and other industrial tribunals to develop quality advocacy skills. It is predominantly a skills-based course, providing participants with the opportunity to experience real life situations and better build on their skills in presenting in Tribunals.

    The course runs for one evening a week for 10 weeks, beginning on Wednesday 22 May and finishing on Wednesday 24 July. UTS Business School runs this course in conjunction with the Industrial Relations Society of NSW, with support from the Fair Work Commission.

    Who Will Benefit

    • Aspiring industrial advocates from employer and union backgrounds
    • Other industrial relations and human resource management practitioners

    Program Topics:

    • Making submissions

    • Preparing written evidence

    • Examination and cross-examination

    • Unfair dismissals

    • Anti-discrimination proceedings

    Course Outcomes:

    This is a skills-based course and on completion, you will have experience through practice moot sessions (chaired by current FWC members) in preparing and presenting a case before an industrial tribunal. The program also includes three moots, when participants will have an opportunity to practise their skills in front of current members of the Fair Work Commission and other tribunals.


    The course is convened by FWC Deputy President Sams, and presented by Anthony Britt and Anthony Howell. Both are practising employment/workplace relations barristers.


    • 5% IRS-NSW Members discount
    • 10% Early bird discount if registered before 30 April 2019
    • 15% Earlybird and IRS-NSW member discount if registered before 30 April 2019

    Please note you are booking directly with UTS

    • 24 May 2019
    • 26 May 2019
    • Crowne Plaza - Terrigal NSW

    “Is the System Fixed?” - 24-26 May 2019

    Current Program (click to view)

    Session Chairs

    • Sharlene Wellard – Principal - Meridian Lawyers
    • Jonathan Hamberger PSM – Senior Deputy President - Fair Work Commission
    • Bradon Ellem - Professor of Employment Relations, Work and Organisational Studies, The University of Sydney Business School 


    • Geoff Derrick – National Campaign Co-ordinator - Australian Council of Trade Unions 
    • Stephen Crawford – Senior Legal Officer – Australian Workers Union
    • Yaseen Shariff – Barrister – 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
    • Jamie Robinson - Consultant - Broadley Rees Hogan
    • Nola Watson – President, NSW Business Chamber

    • Shaun Schmitke - Deputy CEO, National Director - Safety, Contracts, Workplace Relations

    • Kate Alam – Head of Workplace Relations, Pacific National 
    • Vice President Adam Hatcher - Fair Work Commission
    • Commissioner Damian Sloan - Industrial Relations Commission of NSW 
    • Paula McDonald - Professor of Work and Organisation, QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology
    • Cletus Brown - Director Knowledge - The Fair Work Ombudsman 

    The Debate

    Moderated by Christa Lenard – Partner, K&L Gates   
    • Sharlene Wellard – Principal - Meridian Lawyers
    • Luis Izzo - Managing Director - Sydney Workplace - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
    • Emily Baxter - Senior Associate - K&L Gates
    • Oshie Fagir - Barrister - Greenway Chambers
    • Yaseen Shariff - Barrister - 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
    • Vanja Bulut - Barrister - 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers

    Friday Night - Year in Review

    • Oshie Fagir, Barrister, Greenway Chambers - Over drinks and dinner Oshie will remind us why we love industrial relations by reviewing the year that was, the legislation, the participants, the cases, the highs and the lows.

    Saturday Dinner Speaker

    • You will be entertained by Matt Bevan, Newsreader and Reporter for Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly. Matt has worked for the ABC since 2008. His specialisation is in US and Asian politics and he is the creator of ABC News Podcast “Russia, If You’re Listening”.

    Awarding Life Membership to Dick Grozier at Saturday night dinner

    • Dick Grozier has made an enormous contribution to industrial relations. Dick has spent the last 30 years working at the New South Wales Business Chamber, Australian Business Industrial. He is a long standing member of the Society, a former President and Executive Committee member for many years.  The Society will thank Dick for his contribution and award him with Life Membership at the Saturday night dinner. 

     Saturday Dinner Entertainment

    • Matt McLaren - Matt's style seamlessly blends old-school classics with modern hits from a variety of genres including pop, rock, dance, blues and funk.


     Work and Organisational Studies (WOS),  The University of Sydney Business School 

      Important Information

      Please read before making your booking

      Bookings Close May 6th

      • Fees quoted do not include GST. This will be added when the invoice is created.
      • Non Members booking for this Conference will receive membership of IRSNSW until June 2020.
      • Additional options  e.g. booking for Thursday night, booking extra meals or accommodation for your partner can be made at the end of the process before the invoice is generated.
      • If you are booking a Twin room please advise the name of the person you are sharing that room with. There is a place to do this on the booking form. That person will need to have made and paid for their booking before the sharing arrangement can be confirmed. If you are not sharing a room, you will need to book a single room.
      • If you are unable to pay online and choose to use EFT or Cheque it is essential that you email membership@irsnsw.org.au to confirm payment. Your booking cannot be confirmed until we receive this confirmation.
      • Please read our event terms and conditions which apply to bookings for this conference


      • 05 Jun 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
      • K&L Gates - Level 31, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000

      Presented by Senior Deputy President Hamberger and Deputy President Booth of the Fair Work Commission

      The following topics will be covered:

      • What is and what is not workplace bullying?
      • The causes of workplace bullying
      • The costs of workplace bullying
      • The prevention of workplace bullying
      • Early intervention in workplace bullying
      • Use of formal grievance procedures
      • Recourse to external resolution – including the Fair Work Commission’s jurisdiction
      • How the Fair Work Commission deals with anti-bullying claims
      Please note 
      • Places are limited (This course was over subscribed last year) so book early.
      • Course fee includes written workshop materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and post-workshop drinks.
      • Registration from 9.30am. Workshop commences at 10am.
      • Bookings will close on 3rd June.  Payment for registration must be completed 5 working days prior to the event.
      • We prefer online payment with a credit card. However, if you need to pay by EFT it is essential that you email membership@irsnsw.org.au a copy of the payment receipt. We cannot confirm your booking until this has been received.
      • 25 Jul 2019
      • 5:30 PM
      • Level 12, 80 William Street, East Sydney, NSW
      • 6

      A Members Only Event

      A unique opportunity to meet some of the members of the Commission in a relaxed and informal setting. 

      Light food and refreshments will be provided.

      This is a Complimentary, IRSNSW Member Only Event. However booking is essential. Closing date is 22 July 2019

      Please contact membership@irsnsw.org.au if you have questions about this function.
      • 29 Nov 2019
      • 5:30 PM
      • The Fair Work Commission, Level 12, 80 William Street, East Sydney, NSW

      A member only event

      An opportunity to network and socialise with friends and colleagues

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