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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

    • 26 Oct 2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • Webinar

    Significant amendments to both the Fair Work Act and the Sex Discrimination Act were recently passed by Federal Parliament and are to be enacted soon. 

    Keynote Speaker

    Penny Thew, Barrister - Greenway Chambers, will provide an update on the implications of these changes for industrial relations practitioners to be prepared for these changes."

    Penny Thew is a specialist employment, discrimination and industrial law barrister. She has expertise in matters arising under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW), as well as in claims involving discrimination law, contractual disputes and restraints of trade.

    Session Moderator

    Professor/Barrister Reg Graycar

    Reg commenced practising at the Bar in 2007, after a distinguished academic career, in which she had been a Professor of Law at both the University of Sydney and UNSW. She has also held a number of visiting professorial appointments at law schools in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and France and from 2012, has been Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney.

    She was a full time Law Reform Commissioner for NSW and a part time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission, and also served on a number of tribunals and government advisory bodies.

    She has advised on a diverse range of legal issues and has appeared in the Supreme Court of NSW (and the NSW Court of Appeal), the Federal Court of Australia (and the Full Federal Court), the High Court of Australia, the Land and Environment Court, the AAT, the Federal Circuit Court, the Full Family Court, The Fair Work Commission, the Industrial Relations Commission, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Complimentary for Members. Non members $40 plus GST

    Bookings Close 25th October

    The link for the webinar will be sent 24 hrs before the event

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Vaccination mandates are now in force - join the IRS Newcastle Branch for an update on how this is impacting workplaces and what you need to know!

    Our expert presenters will review the current Public Health Orders, privacy legislation and key considerations for both employers and employees at this time.

    The Panel

    Kyle Scott

    Kyle is a Director of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, and heads up ABLA’s Workplace team in Newcastle.

    Kyle has more than a decade’s experience as a specialist employment lawyer, and is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Law.

    Kyle advises businesses on all areas of workplace law, and is a trusted advisor to many businesses throughout the Hunter region. His practice is a mix of advisory work and litigation, with particular expertise in managing enterprise bargaining, award compliance, industrial strategy, complex terminations, workplace investigations and employment litigation.  

    Therese Fitzgibbon

    Therese Fitzgibbon is an organiser with the Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch. Therese represents union members in schools in the Newcastle and Hunter Regions. These include Catholic Systemic, Grammar, Christian, Seventh Day Adventist, Steiner and Early Learning Services. Therese manages a diverse range of industrial disputes including those relating to pay and entitlements, reportable conduct, bullying and harassment, workers compensation, and workplace conflict. Therese also represents union members in enterprise agreement negotiations.

    Therese holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Newcastle, and is currently completing her final subjects for a Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution through the University of New South Wales. Therese is a delegate to Hunter Workers, a member of the IEU Women in Education Committee, a delegate to IEUA Federal Council, a member of the Resolution Institute and a member of the Newcastle Industrial Relations Society.

    This webinar is free for members and $20 for non-members.

    • 23 Nov 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar

    Join Jamila Gherjestani and Luis Izzo as they provide practical insights and commentary on the critical issue of mandatory workforce vaccinations from both the union and employer perspectives.


    Jamila Gherjestani  

    (Divisional Manager of Industrial Relations - Health Services Union)

    Jamila Gherjestani is Divisional Manager of Industrial Relations for the Health Services Union (HSU). 

    She has represented workers across industries including health care, aged care, manufacturing, construction, transport, and mining.

    Prior to joining the HSU, Jamila served as National WHS Director and NSW Head of Legal and Industrial for the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), and as a National Legal Officer at the Transport Worker’s Union (TWU).

    Luis Izzo

    (Managing Director - Sydney Workplace, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors)

    Luis Izzo 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 clients.

    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.

     Luis is the trusted advisor to a number of organisations when it comes to large scale industrial bargaining. In the public sector, he has been the principal advisor on department-wide enterprise agreement negotiations, covering tens of thousands of public sector employees.

    In the private sector, he has advised on enterprise bargaining for the transport, education, aviation, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. This experience has also extended to obtaining orders preventing unlawful industrial action and successfully resisting good faith bargaining claims and scope order applications filed by union parties.

    He has conducted numerous investigations for clients in relation to internal employment disputes and bullying and harassment matters and continues to be a lead litigator in the developing General Protections and bullying jurisdictions

    In addition to working in private practice, Luis has been seconded to the Australian Federal Police and the Fair Work Ombudsman, working on a variety of employment related litigation and prosecutions and is a member of the Law Society of NSW’s Employment Law Committee.

    Financial Members of irsnsw and Newcastle Branch - Complimentary

    Non Members $40 plus GST

    The Zoom link will be emailed 24 hrs prior to the event

    • 17 Dec 2021
    • 12:30 PM
    • Strangers' Room at Parliament House

    Announcing the 2021 AGM & Patron's Lunch

    Friday 17th December

    2021 AGM - 12.30pm

    Important information for members: the irs nsw AGM will commence at 12.30pm Friday 17th December 2021, and 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 - 1.15pm

    The lunch will feature the society's Patron (The Hon Lance Wright QC) in conversation with Russell Lansbury Emeritus Professor, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney Business School.

    The conversation at the Patron’s lunch will ask Russell to reflect on how his life history and experience has influenced and informed his professional and academic work, how that work has practical relevance to workplace practice and what he considers are likely to be appropriate future developments in employment and industrial relations and regulation in Australia.

    Russell is a past President of the IRS of NSW, ALERA and ILERA. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018

    Russell is an internationally regarded expert in industrial relations and is the author of many publications in these fields.

    After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he gained a PhD from the London School of Economics, on a fellowship with British Airways. He has worked with the ILO, the Swedish Institute for Worklife Research and been a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Harvard and MIT. He established an international network which has assisted his colleagues and students in their careers.

    Prior to coming to the University of Sydney in 1987 as Professor of Industrial Relations, Russell held senior positions at Monash and Macquarie universities. During his time at Sydney University, he was the foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (ACIRRT). He built and consolidated the Department of Industrial Relations (later renamed the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies - WOS) into a pre-eminent department or discipline in Australia and internationally, as it remains today. For a decade, Russell was joint editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations with Ron Callus and then Bradon Ellem.

    Earlier this year, Russell published his latest book Crossing Boundaries: Work and Industrial Relations in Perspective, a blend of memoir and reflections on developments in work and industrial relations. One of the eminent international reviewers of the book has observed “ [H]e has had an immense impact internationally and especially in Australia and New Zealand in shaping understandings of work and industrial relations” and adds:

    “While Russell had considerable success in the early decades of his working life, the many years in Sydney … have created a lasting legacy. There are many top Australian academics who have been part of Russell’s ‘team’ in Sydney and he has influenced many more, in and beyond Australia. Besides these achievements, the book records an impressive variety of activities including involvement in research projects, development of research institutes, serving in academic leadership roles, and tripartite Australian and international research and representative endeavours.”


    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  10th December

    Members who book for the AGM only should note that lunch is not included in this option.

    Covid restrictions are in place at this event and all attendees must pre-book. Please bring your own Mask

    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. 

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