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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

    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Level 12, 80 William Street, East Sydney, NSW
    • 2

    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.

    Members booking for this event are reminded that Membership Fees are due on the 1st of July 2019

    • 15 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • University of Sydney Business School

    David Weil is the Dean and Professor of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  Prior to that, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Weil is an internationally recognized expert in employment and labor market policy; regulation; transparency policy; and the impacts of industry restructuring on business performance, employment, and work outcomes. 

    Dean Weil has written five books, including The Fissured Workplace (Harvard University Press) and published over 100 articles.


    The “fissuring” of business structures fundamentally changes the nature of employment and work in industries and the economy as a whole. David Weil will discuss the broader changes involved in fissuring and how this perspective provides an alternative explanation for eroding working conditions and the growth of earnings inequality in many countries including Australia and the US.  He will discuss why and how academic advisers seeking to influence public policy must take a different approach to responding to the present and future of work, and explain why they often fail to provide the insights needed to policy makers.

    We hope to see you at the lecture, which will be followed by a reception for discussion and networking. Registrations are essential. Registration is via the University please use the link below.

    To RSVP  please click here 

    Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019

    Time: 6pm-8pm, with registration from 5:30pm

    Venue: The Refectory, Level 5

                        Abercrombie Building (H70),

                        Cnr Abercrombie Street & Codrington Street

                        The University of Sydney Business School

    To see further details of this event please click here

    • 03 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Trades Hall - Training Room 377 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
    • 60

    Who owns it? the collection and storage of specimen and data by employers”

    The presentation will highlight the emerging trend of employers demanding access to their employees’ data and specimen, and the implications for workers, employers and service providers.

    Keynote Speaker - Alana Heffernan

    Alana Heffernan is the National Legal Counsel of the Electrical Trades Union of Australia.

    Alana represents union members and officials in relation to a broad range of industrial and employment issues including dismissals, discrimination, disputes, adverse action complaints, workplace investigations, disciplinary proceedings and contract issues. She is experienced in appearing before the relevant courts and tribunals, as well as negotiating out of court settlements.

    Alana has a particular interest in anti-discrimination law and has actively advocated for amendments to anti-discrimination law to include protections for victims of domestic violence. These proposed amendments have been supported and advocated for by various community and legal peak bodies, as well as the Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies.

    Alana is an experienced advocate and her history in employment relations is diverse, having worked in private practice, for trade unions and for community organisations.

    • Light Food and Refreshments will be provided
    Please also note:

    Address: 377 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW  - Entry is via Entry is via the Unions NSW foyer

    Attendees must arrive before 6:00pm, as the entrance doors lock, and late arrivals may not be able to be admitted.

    • 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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