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Conferences, Professional development workshops, Seminars and Webinars hosted by irsnsw.

Our programs are designed to inform and encourage members and their guests to add to their knowledge and understanding of industrial relations by bringing together representatives of trade unions, employers and Government, the legal profession and academics

Our presenters are leading practitioners in their field who bring their experience and expertise to our members. Their willingness to share their knowledge, debate their views and answer questions is a highlight at each of our events. Recent Keynote Speakers have included:

    • Commissioner Janine Webster - NSW IRC
    • Tim Mc Donald - Partner - Moray and Agnew
    • Luis Izzo Managing Director – ABLA
    • Deputy President Peter Sams - Fair Work Commission
    • Gerard Dwyer - National Secretary-Treasurer - Shop, Distributive and Allied Employee's Association
    • Senator the Hon Amanda Stoker - Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Assistant Minister for Women

Many events are complimentary or at a discounted fee for members.

Upcoming Events in NSW

    • 09 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Kingston Reid - Level 20, 1 Castlereagh Street Sydney

     "President's update on the Fair Work Commission's activities"

    A presentation by

    Hon Justice Iain Ross AO President of the Fair Work Commission

    On 1 March 2012, Iain was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court and President of the Fair Work Commission.

    Prior to his appointment, Iain was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

    Iain has also served as Chair of the Council of Australasian Tribunals, inaugural Chair of the Mediator Standards Board, a Judge of the County Court of Victoria, partner of a major law firm and a Vice President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia on 13 June 2005 and elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia on 25 September 2019.

    Please note
    • Space is limited for this event. Non Members and Members of ALERA can participate via Zoom. Please book online.
    • The link for online attendees will be mailed 24 hrs before the event
    • ALERA members will need to book by emailing

    • 21 Jun 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Green House; Wests Bowling Club, Hobart Road, New Lambton
    • 52

    “Workplace Investigations & Outcomes”

    Hear from our expert speakers on the process of workplace investigations from internal to attending the Fair Work Commission. A 1.5 hour practical workshop discussing what is involved in an investigation, how you can achieve the best and fairest outcomes for all parties, what happens after the investigation is completed, how to construct a deed of release or settlement agreement, and the view from the FWC bench. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation where you can ask questions of our panel members.

    Meet our expert panel members

    Richard Tait & Helen Carayannis – H&R Workplace Strategies

    Richard has 25 years’ experience in workplace relations working in a variety of industries including education, councils, health, hospitality, real estate and construction. Prior to founding H & R Workplace Strategies Richard worked for ClubsNSW as Executive Manager Workplace Relations 

    Helen is a trusted strategic partner to industry, private and public enterprise in the specialised area of employment and industrial law. She is also recognized for her experience in managing and conducting complex workplace investigations. She has considerable experience managing other lawyers, unions and employee representatives'. 

    Ralph Warren, Hunter Street Chambers

    Ralph specialises in the areas of employment and industrial law, work, health and safety, statutory general employment protections and discrimination law.  He has over 30 years’ experience advising and appearing for clients in all aspects of employment-related law. 

    Deputy President Saunders, Fair Work Commission

    DP Saunders was appointed to Commissioner in 2015 and has held the Deputy President position since December 2018. Prior to the FWC, he was a Barrister specialising in workplace relations litigation including employment claims, industrial disputes, discrimination and work health and safety.

    Speaker's resumes in more detail


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