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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

    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Wests New Lambton Bowling Club, 1A Tauranga Rd, New Lambton NSW 2305
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    IRS Newcastle Branch Practitioners Workshop
    Industrial Relations Reforms

    Date: Wednesday 22 February 2023
    Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
    Venue: Wests New Lambton Bowling Club, 1A Tauranga Road, New Lambton 

    With a new Federal Labor government in power, we take a look at the industrial relations reforms upcoming and already in place. Hear from Deputy President Tony Saunders from the Fair Work Commission discuss what this means for lawyers, industrial relations and HR practitioners. 


    We will announce more speakers who will join DP Saunders in the coming weeks.

    Make sure you book your place early - this event last year, sold out! 

    *Booking terms and conditions apply



    • 28 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    "Collective bargaining under the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022: Challenges and Opportunities".



    Chairperson

    Dr. Jonathan Hamberger PSM

    Secretary, Industrial Relations Society of NSW

    Honorary Professor, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

    Honorary Associate, Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney



    Speakers

    Anna Booth - Director CoSolve Pty Ltd

    Anna is an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System. She is also an experienced facilitator and arbitrator. In 2020 she returned to her workplace relations consultancy, CoSolve, after nearly nine years as a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission. While at the Commission, she established the Commission’s pioneering Cooperative Workplaces program and was its National Practice Leader.

    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 including as National Secretary of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia and a Vice President of the ACTU. Partly concurrent with her trade union role, she was a board member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a member of the SOCOG (Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and the board of the NRMA).


    Luis Izzo - Managing Director - Sydney Workplace Relations, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

    Luis oversees ABLA's Sydney Workplace Relations practice and has over 15 years’ experience practicing as a specialist employment and industrial relations lawyer. Luis’ recent personal advocacy success includes representation of ACCI and Business NSW in test case proceedings pertaining to overtime provisions for casuals and inserting new schedules into modern awards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Luis’ advocacy experience in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals is extensive. In addition to achieving successful outcomes for clients as an advocate in numerous unfair dismissal and industrial dispute arbitrations, Luis acted as one of the lead employer advocates in the 2014/2015 Fair Work Commission Annual Leave Test Case as well as the highly publicised 2016/2017 Penalty Rates Test Case. Following heavily contested hearings in both proceedings, Luis ultimately succeeded in securing a raft of amendments to modern awards in respect of both annual leave and weekend penalty rates.

    Luis is regularly recognised by peers and clients as an expert in this field and was named a leading practitioner in employment law for the 2022 Doyles' Guide.

    Nick McIntosh - National Assistant Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union

    Nick McIntosh has been the National Assistant Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) since 2018 and has recently been re-elected for another four-year term. In this role he has had responsibility for enterprise bargaining on behalf of the TWU with numerous employers and industry peak bodies. Prior to that he was the Assistant Secretary of the NSW Branch. Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hones) from Macquarie University

    Please note

    The webinar link will be emailed to you 24 hrs before the event. If you believe it has not arrived please check your spam or trash folder before emailing us at membership@irsnsw.org.au

    • 31 Mar 2023
    • 8:30 AM
    • Bowlers Club - Level 2, 99 York Street,
    • 56
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    A face to face event with online options for ALERA members who are inter-state.



    Speakers Include

    Christa Lenard - Partner - Kingston Reid - WHS and Managing injured workers

    Christa is regarded as a dynamic, insightful and approachable lawyer who is focused on finding the very best outcomes for her clients. Clients value Christa’s pragmatism and commitment to really understanding them, relevant stakeholders, their statutory  and operating environments. She is renowned for her ability to think outside the square when needed and is focused on delivering pragmatic solutions and value to her clients.

    Whether it be providing practical advice on day-to-day employment and discrimination matters, or conducting complex fact finding investigations or litigation, Christa is able to distil the issues, work with her instructors and produce high quality outcomes that can be relied on to deliver results. She has a large Government practice as well as a busy private sector practice working across multiple sectors

    Penny Thew - Barrister - Greenway Chambers - General Protections developments

    Penny was called to the Bar in 2005 and regularly advises and appears in federal and most state courts and tribunals for corporate, government and individual clients primarily in employment, discrimination and commercial matters.

    While Penny’s particular expertise includes all matters arising under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW), as well as claims involving discrimination law, contractual disputes and restraints of trade, she also appears regularly in litigation involving succession law, disposition of assets and possession.

    Kellie Edwards - Barrister - Denman Chambers - Discrimination Law Developments

    A large proportion of Kellie’s practice is in the various employment and discrimination jurisdictions. Kellie also accepts briefs in administrative, trade practices, common law, and restraint of trade cases. She is a qualified arbitrator and mediator and has appeared in coronial inquiries.

    Prior to becoming a barrister, Kellie dabbled with the idea of becoming an architect and gained an Honours degree in Communications, however, she commenced Law and found her calling.

    As a solicitor, Kellie was an Associate at Dibbs Barker Gosling (now Dibbs Barker), and specialised in employment and discrimination law. From 1997 to 2003, Kellie was a member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, sitting in the Equal Opportunity Division.

    Ian Latham  - Barrister - Denman Chambers - Industrial Action

    Ian Latham specialises in industrial, employment, administrative law and inquiries.

    Ian has appeared in a number of important industrial cases including the Tristar litigation, which was the first case about the Independent Contractors Act, the first case about the sham contractor provisions and a major case about accessorial liability under the Fair Work Act 2009.  

    Ian writes for the Lexis Fair Work Act and NSW Industrial Relations Act loose-leaf services. He also writes on industrial law and Australian Rules Football

    Luis Izzo - NSW Manager - ABLA - Enterprise Agreements

    Luis oversees ABLA's Sydney Workplace Relations practice and has over a decade’s experience practicing as a specialist employment and industrial relations lawyer acting for a broad range of employers across both the private and public sector.

    His advocacy experience in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals is extensive. In addition to achieving successful outcomes for clients as an advocate in numerous unfair dismissal and industrial dispute arbitrations, he acted as one of the lead employer advocates in the 2014/2015 Fair Work Commission Annual Leave Test Case as well as the highly publicised 2016/2017 Penalty Rates Test Case. Following heavily contested hearings in both proceedings, Luis ultimately succeeded in securing a raft of amendments to modern awards in respect of both annual leave and weekend penalty rates.

    Tim McDonald - Partner - McCabes - Unfair Dismissal Developments

    Tim practises in employment and industrial law, work health and safety, discrimination, bullying and harassment, management of injured workers and termination of employment.

    Over the last 20 years, Tim has advised and represented private and public sector employers from a broad range of industries, such as insurance, security, clubs, hospitality, retail, health, manufacturing, clerical, transport and logistics, real estate, building and construction, schools and higher education. These clients include some of Australia’s largest companies.

    Matt Robinson - Partner - FCB Lawyers - Confidentiality and restraints of trade
    Matthew specialises in: 
    Providing strategic advice on various labour structures, along with recommendation on


    • their strengths, weaknesses and implementation

    • Negotiating and drafting employment contracts, policies, enterprise agreements and
    • individual statutory agreements
    • Managing and mitigating lawful/unlawful industrial action and picketing
    • Managing termination of employment cases
    • Defending breach of contract and wage/entitlement claims
    • Advising on corporate restructures, redundancies, and transfer of business and industrial
    • instruments
    • Proactive and reactive defences to discrimination and harassment issues.


      Further speakers to be announced

      NB ALERA - Interstate Members please email membership@irsnsw to make your booking

       All registrants, Please note the Event Terms and Conditions

      • 12 May 2023
      • 14 May 2023
      • Gibraltar Hotel Bowral

      BACK TO THE FUTURE: REFORMING OR RECYCLING

      12-14th May 2023


      Early Bird Options now available 

      Members and guests are advised that we are using a new booking system for this conference.



      Non - Members should    to access the booking site. 

      Fully financial members will find a link on the Conference page in the Members Only section on this site. You can   to take you to the Members Only page. You will need to login to access the page. 

      When you reach the booking site please be sure to follow the instructions to select the options you require.

      Speakers include 

      • Hon Tony Burke MP -  Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations - to be confirmed
      • Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash - Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations - to be confirmed
      • Chief Commissioner Nichola Constant - NSW Industrial Relations Commission
      • Commissioner Alana Matheson - Fair Work Commission
      • Scott Barklamb - Director, Workplace Relations, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - to be confirmed
      • Melissa Donnelly - National Secretary, Community and Public Sector Union
      • Professor Andrew Stewart - The John Bray Professor of Law, Adelaide Law School
      • Daniel Walton – National Secretary, Australian Workers Union
      • Brian Seidler - Executive Director, Master Builders Association
      • Luis Izzo - Managing Director – Sydney Workplace – Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
      • Leah Brown -  Partner, Deloitte Australia
      • Dilan Mahendra -  Barrister
      • Professor Sara Charlesworth - Professor Emeritia, RMIT University

      • Nigel Ward - CEO and Director, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

      • Alex Grayson - Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn

      • Professor Rae Cooper - Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations, Work and Organisational Studies, the University of Sydney Business School

      • Judith Wright - Deputy Secretary, Australian Services Union

      Link to Conference Program

      Registrants are reminded of the Event Terms and Conditions when making a booking for the conference

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