ALERA 2014 National Conference

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Slide show The next ALERA National Conference will be hosted by the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland at the Sofitel Broadbeach from 28-30
August 2014.

Set on the stunning Gold Coast, this two day Conference will commence the evening of 28 August with a cocktail welcome reception on the pool deck of one of the Gold Coast's most beautiful hotels. Over the 29th and 30th key speakers from the industrial relations arena will discuss current issues including productivity and the fair work laws.

The Conference's theme: Productivity and Workplace Relations into the Future sets the scene for the event. Turn your back on the cold, the rain and the wind, come to Queensland and get involved in an excellent program of expert panels, debates, a bargaining workshop, keynote speakers and master classes that will leave you fully informed.

Download a copy of the Conference flyer HERE

We are proud to announce the following confirmed speakers. By clicking on each presenters name you will be taken to their BIO.

Things to do on the GC

Discount Theme Park Tickets

Catch an AFL game

Whale watching

Mayfield Chocolates

what to do on the GC

Go outlet shopping

Confirmed Speakers are:
Senator, the Hon Eric Abetz
The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP
• Martin Ferguson, former Labor minister, Chairman to the Australian
   Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Advisory Board

Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum AO, University of Sydney
Vice President Joe Catanzariti, Fair Work Commission
Commissioner Peter Hampton, Fair Work Commission
Justice Michael Burnett, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman
Nigel Hadgkiss, Fair Work Building and Construction
Ged Kearney, ACTU President 
Innes Willox, AiG Chief Executive

Scott Barklamb, Executive Director, AMMA
Dave Noonan, National Secretary, CFMEU Construction and General
Professor Andrew Stewart, University of Adelaide 
Professor Marian Baird, University of Sydney 
John Martin, QCU Research and Policy Officer 
Phillip Ryan, Australian Hotels Association 
Melanie Binet, Gregor and Binet 
Grace Grace, QNU
Henry Skene, Seyfarth Shaw
Murray Procter, DLA Piper
Jonathon Hadley, Dibbs Barker
Andrew Herbert, Barrister At Law
Karen Garner, Barrister At Law 

To view the draft program, click on The Program button towards the top of this page.

Registration Options and Costs

Click HERE to view the registration schedule and registrations options available.

CPD Points

Click HERE for details of how legal practitioners can obtain CPD points for this Conference.

Families don't miss out!

While you are in session, your families can enjoy the exciting Gold Coast and all it has to offer. In addition to the warm, sunny weather and stunning beaches, the Conference location in Broadbeach means easy (walking) access to Jupiters Casino, the shopping mecca of Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, the Harbour Day Spa, the local cinemas, and the many cafes, bars and restaurants located in the Broadbeach area.

The new Gold Coast light rail system can take you up to Surfers Paradise in a matters of minutes, and outlet shopping at Habour Town is also only a short bus trip away.

And of course don't forget the theme parks. Links to each of the main Village Roadshow Theme Parks can be found to the right of this page. ALERA is pleased to advise Village Roadshow is offering entry discounts of up to 50%! For example, Movieworld and Seaworld are normally $89 per person, and Conference delegates will be able to access tickets for only $45 per person!

Upon confirmation of National Conference registration, the CODE for accessing these fantastic discounts will be provided to you.

And for our night time Conference social events, the Conference venue can arrange child minding for you.

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Event date: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 18:00