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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

    • 30 Oct 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • The Bowlers Club 95-99 York Street Sydney

    Hybrid Event: Face to Face or Webinar

    The FWC’s national practice leader will provide an insight to the many significant changes, including those impacting upon protected industrial action ballots and multi-employer agreements, and an overview of the leading decisions of the Commission.  

    Keynote Speaker

    Peter Hampton  Deputy President - Fair Work Commission

    National Practice Leader for Bargaining

    National Practice Leader for the Collaborative Approaches Program

    Peter Hampton is a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission based in Adelaide, having been appointed as a Commissioner in January 2010 and elevated to Deputy President in October 2022. In this capacity he is also a Member of the Expert Panel for Annual Wage Reviews, which is responsible for setting minimum and award wages in Australia, and he also hears matters in almost all of the other jurisdictions handled by the Commission, including its appellant functions.

    Immediately prior to this appointment, Peter was Director of Policy and Strategy for SafeWork SA, the SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to joining SafeWork SA in 2006, he was for 12 years a Deputy President of the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission and in a dual capacity for ten of those years as a Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

    In the sixteen years prior to joining the Commission, Peter held various positions in the South Australian business community including as Deputy Director of the SA Employers’ Federation Inc and General Manager, Human Resource Management Services with what is now Business SA.   

    Peter is a former National President of the Australia Labour and Employment Relations Association and a Life Member and former President of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia (ALERA SA).

    Please Note

    • A light sandwich lunch will be served for those attending in person
    • Members and Guests who attend via Webinar will receive the link 24 hours prior to the event
    • 02 Nov 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 03 Nov 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Chateau Elan, The Vintage, Pokolbin
    • 85


    IRS Newcastle Branch - Annual Conference

    Levelling the playing field.. 

    The theme of this year’s conference ‘Levelling the playing field’ 


    Narelda Jacobs

    Narelda will be speaking to the topic of Workplace Equality including the barriers to workplace equality, and the role that formal measures such as legislative reform play in addressing the factors and issues that contribute to workplace (in)equality.

    Narelda Jacobs is a Whadjuk Noongar journalist, presenter and commentator.

    Her career at Network 10 has spanned more than two decades, starting in the Perth newsroom in 2000 before heading to Sydney in January 2020 to co-host Studio 10 and present 10 News First Perth. Narelda is currently a co-host of Studio 10 and presenter of the one-hour national news bulletin 10 News First: Midday.

    Narelda is an NITV and SBS regular, co-hosting The Point, Going Places with Ernie Dingo and the network’s January 26 coverage. She co-hosted Sydney Mardi Gras with SBS from 2019-2021 and has appeared on The Project, Insiders, Q+A and The Drum. Narelda is a sought-after MC, moderator and speaker, appearing on stages and airwaves across Australia with Prime Ministers, international leaders and humanitarian advocates. Narelda co-hosts the podcast ‘456 Club’ and is a regular guest host for Mamamia Podcasts.

    Narelda is passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and is on the board of the National Justice Project. She is on Football Australia's National Indigenous Advisory Group and is a Legacy ‘23 Ambassador for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Narelda is an ambassador of The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association WA, WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute, The Pinnacle Foundation and Deadly Science, and was a Rainbow Champion for Sydney World Pride 2023.

    Professor Rae Cooper

    Professor Cooper will speak to the topic of the current reform agenda, and how the new and proposed initiatives measure up to the scale of the challenge.

    Professor Rae Cooper, AO is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations. She is based in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies (WOS) at the University of Sydney Business School. She is Director of the Gender Equality in Working Life (GEWL) Research Initiative, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association and of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association.

    In 2019 Professor Cooper was made an officer of the Order of Australia for her contributions to ‘higher education and to workplace policy and practice’.

    Rae is a leading researcher on the world of work and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2022-2025). She has a particular interest in gender and work, women’s careers and the future of work. She has received grants from the ARC, from state and federal governments and has worked in collaboration with leading organisations including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

    She supervises several PhD, MPhil and Honours students working on projects spanning employment relations, gender and work and organisational policy. She is co-author of the leading text Employment Relations: Theory and Practice.

    Rae uses her research expertise to contribute to public debates about work and careers and is a key Australian commentator on workplace matters in television, radio and print media. She regularly speaks to business and policy audiences about her research.

    In addition to academic roles, Rae has been a non-Executive Director on several boards of public sector businesses and NGOs and has played a leadership role in organisations in the women’s policy advocating for women’s economic opportunity, lifting low paid women’s wages and building gender equity in working life.

    Clint Newton OAM, CEO - Rugby League Players Association

    Clint Newton OAM was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) in 2020. Clint’s involvement with the RLPA dates back to his time as an NRL contracted player, where amongst other key achievements he played a key role in the negotiation of the 2013-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement and was elected to the role of General President in 2013.

    Making his NRL debut in 2001 for the Newcastle Knights, Clint played 273 first grade games across the Knights, Melbourne Storm, Hull Kingston Rovers and Penrith Panthers. Clint also represented the Prime Ministers XIII in 2005, Country Origin in 2007 and played for the United States of America in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

    Outside of his professional Rugby League career, Clint is a passionate advocate for gender equality, respectful relationships and the rights of women and child through his ambassadorial roles with White Ribbon Australia and Australian Childhood Foundation Following his retirement from professional Rugby League in 2015 and a period as Chair of the RLPA, Clint successfully transitioned into his current role on the Association’s executive team and has worked to advance many areas in the game on behalf of players. Clint is co-chair of the Workloads and Balance Committee, is the players’ representative on the Competition Committee and has led several key projects in the International space, including advancing minimum standards across all Nations.

    Clint was also named a Life Member of the RLPA in 2019. In March 2020, Clint was appointed CEO of the RLPA, replacing the outgoing Ian Prendergast. In 2023, Newton has been awarded the Medal (OAM) of the order of Australia in the General Division for his services to rugby league.

    Lina Caccamo, General Manager Elite Women and International Relations - Rugby League Players Association

    Lina Caccamo has been a highly accomplished leader in women's sport for over 10 years and is the General Manager of Elite Women and International Relations for the Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA).

    In her current role, Lina has championed the rights and promoted the interests of rugby league players, with a particular emphasis on empowering women within the sport as they continue to strive toward full professionalism.

    Her passion for equality and inclusivity has driven Lina to advocate for ground-breaking initiatives aimed at providing equal opportunities, growth, and support for female athletes in the burgeoning female rugby league community.

    Lina continues to inspire the next generation of rugby league players and leaders. Known for her relentless pursuit of equality and her unwavering passion, Lina’s strong leadership has earned the respect of the players and solidified her reputation as a true champion for the sport and the women’s game.

    Liam O'Brien, Assistant Secretary - Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

    Liam was re-elected as Assistant Secretary at the ACTU Congress in July 2021.

    Before joining the ACTU Liam was the Victorian Assistant Secretary and National Vice-President of the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU). It was there where he fought for the rights of workers across the diverse range of industries that the AWU represents. As a national official he led the AWU’s work in the aluminium, aviation, glass and construction sectors.

    As ACTU Assistant Secretary Liam is responsible for leading the movements policy, industrial and campaigning work on work health and safety and workers’ compensation matters. Liam is passionate about the rights of all workers to have safe, healthy and decent work, and is a member of Safe Work Australia (SWA) and the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council (ASEC).

    Liam is also responsible for the skills and VET portfolio at the ACTU, and is a member of the Jobs and Skills Australia Consultative Forum.

    He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, with a major in Economics.

    Stay tuned for more announcements!


    Platinum Sponsor - Cessnock City Council

    Silver Sponsor - ASR Recruitment

    Bronze Sponsor - Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors

    Please note:

    Bookings will close on 25 October at 5pm


    Thursday 2 November

    Drinks commence 6.00pm

    Dinner 6.30pm

    Friday 3 November

    8.00am registration

    8.30am start

    3.30pm finish  

    Members and Guests booking for this event should read the Event Terms &  Booking Conditions

    Accommodation is not included in the price of the conference and can be booked separately via this link

    For all event enquiries please email

    • 10 Nov 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Strangers Room NSW Parliament House
    • 74

    Announcing the 2023 AGM & Patron's Lunch

    • Friday 10th November 2023 AGM - 12.00pm
    • Strangers Room Parliament House

    Important information for members: the irs nsw AGM registration will commence at 11.45am Friday 10th November.

    The AGM will commence at 12.00pm.  Information for members about the AGM will be available at irsnsw committee reports page on this site.  As this is a members only page, members will need to login to access this material.

    PATRON'S LUNCH - 1.00pm

    As Patron of the Society, Anna Booth will reflect upon her first two months as Australia’s fourth Fair Work Ombudsman – personally and professionally. She will discuss the outcomes for Australian workplaces she aspires to and the impact that the Office of the FWO can have on these outcomes.

    Anna commenced as the Fair Work Ombudsman on 1 September this year.

    After nearly nine years as a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission, in November 2020, she returned to the workplace relations consultancy CoSolve, which she co-founded in 1999.

    Immediately prior to going to the Commission, Anna combined her role in CoSolve with non-executive directorships of industry superannuation-owned financial services companies, ME Bank and IFM. She was also the non-executive chair of the law firm Slater & Gordon Ltd.

    Anna came to these roles after a nearly 20-year career in the trade union movement. Partly concurrent with her trade union role, she was a board member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a member of the board of SOCOG (Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) and the board of the NRMA.

    Anna is an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System. She is also an experienced facilitator and arbitrator. Anna is the Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW.

    • If you are not able to pay online at the time of booking and need to pay by EFT your reservation cannot be confirmed until a copy of your payment receipt has been sent to
    • Places are limited so please book early.  Bookings will close  3rd November
    • Members who book for the AGM only should note that lunch is not included in this option.

    Entry to Parliament House is via the security gatehouse on Macquarie Street. Upon entry to security gatehouse, in addition to usual security screening processes, all visitors will need to check in via a QR Code via Service NSW app
    • 24 Nov 2023
    • 5:30 PM
    • Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

    Save the Date

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