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    • 28 Sep 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (AWST)
    • The Globe Bar (upstairs!), 497 Wellington Street Perth

    IRSWA - Uniting Students and Industry Professionals

    Are you a university student passionate about the dynamics of industrial relations? Are you an industry professional with a wealth of experience in labor, employment, and workplace interactions? Your opportunity to connect, learn, and grow is here! Join  IRSWA for an invigorating evening of socialising, insight, and potential at the IRSWA Industry Meet & Greet.

    When: 28 September 2023, 5:30 - 8:30pm
    Where:  The Globe Bar (upstairs)
    Tickets: FREE for IRSWA members, $10 for students, $25 for other non-members
    Register Now

    Highlights of the Evening

    Foster Meaningful Relationships: Engage in purposeful conversations with experienced industrial relations professionals, thought leaders, and enthusiastic university students who share your fervour for understanding and shaping labor environments. Establish connections that can illuminate paths to success for students and provide seasoned professionals with fresh perspectives.

    Diverse Industry Insights: Our event boasts a diverse spectrum of sectors within industrial relations, from collective bargaining and employee advocacy to human resources and conflict resolution. Professionals, your experience is invaluable – share insights tailored to students' interests and inquiries.

    Navigational Guidance: Professionals, your guidance can provide students with clarity about potential career trajectories within the industrial relations realm, emerging trends shaping the field, and the sought-after skills that industry leaders value. Students, uncover potential internships, projects, and roles that resonate with your academic pursuits.

    Drinks and Nibbles: Network in a relaxed atmosphere with a range of canapés and drinks from The Globe.

    If you are a new member of the society, or haven't received the promo email, please email IRSWA at to access your free tickets.

    • 6 Oct 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM (AEST)
    • Fair Work Commission - L 14, 66 Eagle Street, Brisbane
    • 11 Oct 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Fair Work Commission, 12 Moore Street, Canberra

    2023 - Unfair Dismissal Moot

    Hosted by the ACT branch of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association, with special thanks to Deputy President Dean, Fair Work Commission.

    Save the Date: 11 October, 2023
    Time: 6pm
    Location: Fair Work Commission, 12 Moore Street, Canberra
    Cost:  Affiliated Society Members complimentary; $10 for non-members
    Register Now

    Moot Hearing 

    Application for relief from Unfair Dismissal from an employee dismissed at a medium sized company.

    Case Analysis

    Listen to the Deputy Presidents finding as well as being able to ask questions, pose hypotheticals differences and engage in debate.

     Moot will count for 1 hour of Professional Development | Drinks and light snack provided.

    If you are not able to attend in person, the moot will also be available to attend online via Teams. If attending online, a link will be emailed to registrants.

    • 27 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

    2023 ALERA National Conference |  A ustralian Industrial Relations – What’s Next?

    Join us at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania for the 2023 ALERA National Conference

    The conference  features a distinguished line up of  speakers, workshops and plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate on topical issues affecting IR professionals.   The full Conference program  can be viewed   here.

    If you are an IR or HR practitioner working in the public, private or not for profit sectors, union official, lawyer, advocate or tribunal member, interested academic or student passionate about industrial relations and the future of work, then the ALERA National Conference is for you!  


    • 30 Oct 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • The Bowlers Club 95-99 York Street Sydney

    Fair Work Act bargaining reforms - an update on the implementation and operation of the 6 June 2023 changes.


    The FWC’s national practice leader will provide an insight to the many significant changes, including those impacting upon protected industrial action ballots and multi-employer agreements, and an overview of the leading decisions of the Commission.  

    Keynote Speaker

    Peter Hampton  Deputy President - Fair Work Commission

    National Practice Leader for Bargaining

    National Practice Leader for the Collaborative Approaches Program

    Peter Hampton is a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission based in Adelaide, having been appointed as a Commissioner in January 2010 and elevated to Deputy President in October 2022. In this capacity he is also a Member of the Expert Panel for Annual Wage Reviews, which is responsible for setting minimum and award wages in Australia, and he also hears matters in almost all of the other jurisdictions handled by the Commission, including its appellant functions.

    Immediately prior to this appointment, Peter was Director of Policy and Strategy for SafeWork SA, the SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to joining SafeWork SA in 2006, he was for 12 years a Deputy President of the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission and in a dual capacity for ten of those years as a Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

    In the sixteen years prior to joining the Commission, Peter held various positions in the South Australian business community including as Deputy Director of the SA Employers’ Federation Inc and General Manager, Human Resource Management Services with what is now Business SA.   

    Peter is a former National President of the Australia Labour and Employment Relations Association and a Life Member and former President of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia (ALERA SA).

    Please Note

    • A light sandwich lunch will be served for those attending in person
    • Members and Guests who attend via Webinar will receive the link 24 hours prior to the event

    When:  Monday 30 October at 12:00 - 2:00pm

    Non IRSNSW members - $40.oo

    Register Now

    • 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

    For all event enquiries please email

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    • 10 Nov 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Strangers Room NSW Parliament House

    IRSNSW - 2023 AGM & Patron's Lunch

    When: Friday 10th November 2023 AGM - 12.00pm. Patrons lunch commences 1:00pm
    Where: Strangers Room Parliament House

    Register Now

    Important information for members: the IRSNSW AGM registration will commence at 11.45am Friday 10th November.

    The AGM will commence at 12.00pm.  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  with guest speaker Anna Booth

    As Patron of the Society, Anna Booth will reflect upon her first two months as Australia’s fourth Fair Work Ombudsman – personally and professionally. She will discuss the outcomes for Australian workplaces she aspires to and the impact that the Office of the FWO can have on these outcomes.

    Anna commenced as the   Fair Work Ombudsman on 1 September.

    After nearly nine years as a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission, in November 2020, she returned to the workplace relations consultancy CoSolve, which she co-founded in 1999.

    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. Partly concurrent with her trade union role, she was a board member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a member of the board of SOCOG (Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) and the board of the NRMA.

    Anna is an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System. She is also an experienced facilitator and arbitrator. Anna is the Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW.

    Booking for this event

    • 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  3rd November
    • Members who book for the AGM only should note that lunch is not included in this option.
    Please note: 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
    • 24 Nov 2023
    • 5:30 PM
    • Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

    Save the Date

    IRSNSW - End of Year Party

    More details to come

    • 24 Nov 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Melbourne

    The IRSV hosts  its annual Patron’s Night Event in November each year.

    This end of year event is a fun way for members to come together, hear from a panel of speakers across the industry, and send off the year.

    About  the Patron
    Brian Lacy has had a longstanding relationship with the IRSV including having served as our President and as President of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association.  Brian is a former Senior Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and a former Administrator for Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.  Brian currently practises at the Victorian Bar specialising in employment industrial, anti-discrimination and administrative law.

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