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IRSNSW - IRS Newcastle - Annual Conference

  • 2 Nov 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • 3 Nov 2023
  • 3:30 PM
  • Chateau Elan, The Vintage, Pokolbin

IRS Newcastle Branch - Annual Conference

Levelling the playing field.. 

The theme of this year’s conference ‘Levelling the playing field’ 


Narelda Jacobs

Narelda will be speaking to the topic of Workplace Equality  including  the barriers to workplace equality, and the role that formal measures such as legislative reform play in addressing the factors and issues that contribute to workplace (in) equality.

Narelda Jacobs is a Whadjuk Noongar journalist, presenter and commentator.

Her career at Network 10 has spanned more than two decades, starting in the Perth newsroom in 2000 before heading to Sydney in January 2020 to co-host Studio 10 and present 10 News First Perth. Narelda is currently a co-host of Studio 10 and presenter of the one-hour national news bulletin 10 News First: Midday.

Narelda is an NITV and SBS regular, co-hosting The Point, Going Places with Ernie Dingo and the network’s January 26 coverage. She co-hosted Sydney Mardi Gras with SBS from 2019-2021 and has appeared on The Project, Insiders, Q+A and The Drum. Narelda is a sought-after MC, moderator and speaker, appearing on stages and airwaves across Australia with Prime Ministers, international leaders and humanitarian advocates. Narelda co-hosts the podcast ‘456 Club’ and is a regular guest host for Mamamia Podcasts.

Narelda is passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and is on the board of the National Justice Project. She is on Football Australia's National Indigenous Advisory Group and is a Legacy ‘23 Ambassador for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Narelda is an ambassador of The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association WA, WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute, The Pinnacle Foundation and Deadly Science, and was a Rainbow Champion for Sydney World Pride 2023.

Professor Rae Cooper

Professor Cooper will speak to the topic of the current reform agenda, and how the new and proposed initiatives measure up to the scale of the challenge.

Professor Rae Cooper, AO is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations. She is based in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies (WOS) at the University of Sydney Business School. She is Director of the Gender Equality in Working Life (GEWL) Research Initiative, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association and of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association.

In 2019 Professor Cooper was made an officer of the Order of Australia for her contributions to ‘higher education and to workplace policy and practice’.

Rae is a leading researcher on the world of work and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2022-2025). She has a particular interest in gender and work, women’s careers and the future of work. She has received grants from the ARC, from state and federal governments and has worked in collaboration with leading organisations including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

She supervises several PhD, MPhil and Honours students working on projects spanning employment relations, gender and work and organisational policy. She is co-author of the leading text Employment Relations: Theory and Practice.

Rae uses her research expertise to contribute to public debates about work and careers and is a key Australian commentator on workplace matters in television, radio and print media. She regularly speaks to business and policy audiences about her research.

In addition to academic roles, Rae has been a non-Executive Director on several boards of public sector businesses and NGOs and has played a leadership role in organisations in the women’s policy advocating for women’s economic opportunity, lifting low paid women’s wages and building gender equity in working life.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

Please note:

Bookings will close on 25 October at 5pm


Thursday 2 November

Drinks commence 6.00pm

Dinner 6.30pm

Friday 3 November

8.00am registration

8.30am start

3.30pm finish  

Members and Guests booking for this event should read the Event Terms &   Booking Conditions

Accommodation is not included in the price of the conference and can be booked separately   via this link

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