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Upcoming Events in NSW

    • 23 May 2018
    • Fair Work Commission, 80 William Street Sydney

    Advocacy in Industrial Tribunals

    A Ten Week Course

     Register before 30 April and receive a 15% discount


    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 and 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 23 May and finishing on Wednesday 25 July. UTS Business School runs this course in conjunction with the Industrial Relations Society of NSW, with support from the Fair Work Commission.


    The course is convened by FWC Deputy President Sams, and presented by Anthony Britt and Anthony Howell. Both are practising employment/workplace relations barristers.  The course is conducted at the Fair Work Commission, 80 William Street Sydney

    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.

    To Book

    For more information and to register go to:

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    • 25 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 27 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Crowne Plaza Terrigal
    • Annual Conference 25-27 May

    Click here to read details of the Conference Programme. As well, here are some of the confirmed speakers.


    Conference Convenor Fiona Corbett


    • Scott Connolly, Assistant Secretary, ACTU – Is the System Broken – the union perspective
    • Mark Morey, Secretary, Unions NSW – Is the System Broken - the Union Perspective

    • Ingmar Taylor, SC, Greenway Chambers – Practitioners/Participants Role in the System – from a right to appear to a right to be liable

    • Hon Brendon O’Connor MP – Is the System Broken - The Politician’s view
    • Alex Bukarica - National Legal Director, CFMEU Mining and Energy Division -  Is Enterprise Bargaining Still Delivering?
    • Glenn Bacic - formerly Director, Business Partners at Transport for NSW - Is Enterprise Bargaining Still Delivering?
    • Deputy President Anna Booth, FWC – Getting the Best out of Enterprise Bargaining
    • Stephen Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Business Chamber - Is the System Broken – the Employer Perspective   
    • Steve Schofield, Group Head of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Downer Group -  Is the System Broken – the Employer Perspective    
    •  Anton Duc, Barrister, State Chambers - Year in Review  
    • Chief Commissioner Peter Kite, IRC of NSW – Is the System Broken – the Role of the IRC NSW

    • Chris Enright, Executive Director of the Registered Organisations Commission – Regulation Post the Royal Commission

    The Debate - Unfair Dismissals - the System is Broken

    • Joe Murphy, Managing Director - National Workplace, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
    • Professor Andrew Stewart, Adelaide University
    • Jeanne Wells, Industrial Officer, NTEU    
    • Sharlene Wellard, Principal, Meridian Lawyers
    • Justin Le Blond, Partner, Kennedys
    • Cassandra Taylor, Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Session chairs:

    • Professor Marian Baird AO, Chair, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney
    • SDP Jonathan Hamberger PSM, Fair Work Commission
    • Sharlene Wellard, Principal, Meridian Lawyers

    Saturday Night Entertainment - Orange Whip - party band featuring Professor Andrew Stewart


    Session 2 - Proudly Sponsored by Work and Organisational Studies, The University of Sydney Business School http://sydney.edu.au/business/wos

    If you have a question about the Conference (rather than bookings and fees) please contact the Convenor Fiona Corbett by email Fiona Corbett  or call 02 9458 7327 

    Important to Note

    Please read before commencing to make your booking.
    • 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 2019. This does not apply for single day attendance.
    • 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.

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