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Appendix C: Member activities
Justice Ross is an Adjunct Professor, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, at the University of Sydney Business School.
Vice President Catanzariti is the Chair of the College of Law, was a member of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee until June 2015, a general editor of Workplace Law—Fair Work and a member of the Editorial Board, LexisNexis, Employment Law Bulletin. Vice President Catanzariti is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Work and Organisational studies in the Business School of the University of Sydney and also a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the School of Law and Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.
Vice President Watson is a consultant to Thomson Reuters regarding the publication of the Industrial Reports, which contain Commission decisions.
Justice Boulton is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne. Justice Boulton is a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Law at Monash University and has been teaching a course on International Labour Law.
Senior Deputy President Watson was the chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal until April 2015.
Senior Deputy President Harrison is the President of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.
Senior Deputy President Acton is President of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, a member of the Advisory Board to the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne and a member of the editorial committee of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.
Senior Deputy President Drake is the Chairperson of the Conduct and Judiciary Panels of the South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club, the Grievance Officer for the New South Wales Surf Lifesaving Association and a member of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
Senior Deputy President Hamberger is the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal and a member of the Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.
Deputy President Hamilton is a member of the CCH Australia Honorary Editorial Board for Industrial Relations.
Deputy President Booth is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Work and Organisational Studies Discipline within the Business School at the University of Sydney.
Deputy President Asbury is the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal, a member of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.
Deputy President Gostencnik is a member of the Board of The Conversation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations at the University of Melbourne and a consultant with LexisNexis.
Commissioner Lewin is the current President of the Remuneration Tribunal of South Australia, and until recently was a Commissioner of the South Australian Industrial Relations Tribunal. Commissioner Lewin is an Adjunct Professor, School of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University, Chairman of the Deakin University Human Resources Management Advisory Board and Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University School of Management Advisory Committee. Commissioner Lewin sits on the RMIT Advisory Committee for the RMIT Indigenous Specialisation.
Commissioner Cribb is Chair of the Mediator Standards Board and a Vice President of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria.
Commissioner Spencer is the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Prison Officers Arbitral Tribunal and Deputy Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal.
Commissioner Roberts was appointed as a Commissioner of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) for a three-year term commencing on 1 June 2015.
Commissioner Hampton is a committee member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association Inc and the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia Inc. Commissioner Hampton is also a member of the Australian Labour Law Association and the Council of Australian Tribunals (SA branch) and an accredited member of LEADR/Australian Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators. He is also a member of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
Commissioner Lee continued to be a member of the TIC.
Commissioner Johns is the Chairman of the Australian Ballet School and member of the Deakin University School of Law Academic Advisory Board.
Commissioner Wilson was appointed as a Commissioner of the TIC for a three-year term commencing on 1 June 2015.
Domestic presentations, speeches and events
Justice Ross gave a talk at the Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council on 20 November 2014. Justice Ross also gave a speech at the NSW Law Society Employment Law Committee Dinner on 27 November 2014 and addressed the Tasmanian Small Business Council on 15 December 2014.
On 17 March 2015, Justice Ross gave a presentation to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal leadership group. Justice Ross also delivered a speech at the Ai Group National PIR Group Conference on 4 May 2015.
Senior Deputy President Acton participated in facilitating an accreditation program for assessing candidates as specialists in workplace relations for the Law Institute of Victoria on 28 July 2014.
Senior Deputy President Drake participated in Akolade Employment Seminars by providing an update on new jurisdictions, important decisions and Future Directions on 25 March 2015.
Deputy President Sams gave a presentation at the Clubs Australia Industrial Conference on the anti-bullying jurisdiction on 4 August 2014 and was the Chairperson at a Legalwise Seminar for Procedural Skills for Industrial Courts and Commissions on 2 September 2014. The Deputy President also presented an 'Update from the Fair Work Commission' at the Konnect Legal Employment Law Fundamentals Seminar on 9 September 2014 and at the National Electrical Contractors' Association New South Wales Business Forum on 14 October 2014.
On 19 November 2014, Deputy President Sams gave a speech at an Australian Industry Group Employment Conference and on 4 December 2014 presented on the anti-bullying jurisdiction at a HRX Director's HR Conference. Deputy President Sams also participated in an investigations panel at a Fair Work Commission anti-bullying forum on 12 March 2015 and made opening remarks at a University of New South Wales Faculty of Law CLE Seminar for an employment law update.
Deputy President Booth gave a presentation at Employment Law 2015 on 2 March 2015 and presented to the Victorian Industrial Relations Society on 20 March 2015. Deputy President Booth also presented at Industrial Relations Society of NSW workshops which were co-presented by the Commission on 24 March and 14 April 2015. On 7 May 2015, Deputy President Booth gave an Occasional Address to a University of Sydney Graduation ceremony.
Deputy President Asbury presented at the Australian Meat Industry Council Conference 2015 and at the Queensland Hotels Association Employment Relations Conference 2015. Deputy President Asbury also gave a presentation at the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and Fair Work Commission Practitioner Workshop and at the National Networking of Working Women's Centres Professional Development Seminar. Deputy President Asbury also presented at the Workplace Law Conference 2015 and met with students from the Australian Catholic University and Legal Aid Queensland.
Deputy President Gostencnik provided briefings on agreement making, dispute resolution and unfair dismissal for the Australian Public Service Commission on 24 October 2014.
Deputy President Kovacic gave a presentation at the ASU's National Conference on award modernisation, the Commission's role and future, and processes in dealing with industrial disputes on 18 November 2014.
Commissioner Cribb presented at the National Mediation Conference in Melbourne on mediation and the new anti-bullying laws on 9 September 2014 and presented at the 'Future of Industrial Relations Reform' in Sydney about the anti-bullying jurisdiction on 9 October 2014. Commissioner Cribb also chaired a session at the Anti-Bullying Jurisdiction User Forum in Melbourne on 10 March 2015 and conducted a training session on interest-based bargaining for the bargaining team at Colorpak in Melbourne on 21 April 2015. On 29 June 2015 Commissioner Cribb was also the keynote speaker at the No.2 Bullying Conference on the Gold Coast about the anti-bullying jurisdiction 18 months on.
Commissioner Spencer made a number of speeches and presentations including to the Queensland Hotels Association Employment Relations Conference and at the Queensland Law Society Employment Masterclass. Commissioner Spencer also attended the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) National Conference in August 2014.
Commissioner Williams presented on anti-bullying applications – observations of the Fair Work Commission, at a Western Australian local government HR seminar on 8 August 2014 and gave an update on new jurisdictions, including anti-bullying and consent arbitration, at the Employment Law Conference in Perth on 5 March 2015.
Commissioner Hampton gave a speech on the anti-bullying jurisdiction at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association National Conference at the Gold Coast on 28 August 2014 and at the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators Conference in Adelaide on 17 September 2014. Commissioner Hampton also gave a presentation about the anti-bullying jurisdiction at the Australian Council of Trade Unions Occupational Health and Safety Conference 2014 on 14 October 2014 and presented on the approval of enterprise agreement process at the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia Conference on 17 October 2014.
On 27 October 2014, Commissioner Hampton was part of a question and answer panel on workplace safety at the SafeWork SA SafeWork Week launch and on 1 and 2 November 2015 the Commissioner presided over various mock hearings during the Advocacy course run by the SA IR Society. Commissioner Hampton also gave a number of other presentations, including a speech on the anti-bullying jurisdiction for the Self-Insurers of SA monthly conference in Adelaide on 5 December 2014 and presented an outline of the anti-bullying jurisdiction to members and staff of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland during a webinar presentation on 10 December 2014.
Commissioner Hampton spoke about the anti-bullying jurisdiction as the after dinner speaker at the Brisbane Club on 10 December 2014 and provided an overview of the first 12 months for anti-bullying jurisdiction user forums in Melbourne and Sydney on 10 and 12 March 2015.
On 27 March 2015, Commissioner Hampton presided over various mock hearings for the ACTU Industrial Officer training in Adelaide and on 12 May 2015 gave a speech to ACTU South Australian organisers on the anti-bullying jurisdiction. Commissioner Hampton also gave a speech on the anti-bullying jurisdiction during a Special Speakers Series for Australia Business Lawyers and Advisors in Sydney on 24 June 2015.
Commissioner Roe presented to the conference of managers and unions delegates of Orora Limited as part of the Fair Work Commission's New Approaches seminars.
In the week of 22 June 2015, Commissioner Bissett allowed a group of students from the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, and a high school student, to observe a number of hearings. Following each of the hearings she responded to questions and explained the legislation and the Commission's role.
Commissioner Lee briefed community workers from the Footscray Community Legal Centre on the role and work of the Fair Work Commission on 30 March 2015 as part of the Community Legal Centre's Employment Law Project 'train the trainer' program. Commissioner Lee also gave a guest lecture for a law course at the University of Melbourne.
Commissioner Booth participated in the Akolade Employment Seminars by providing updates on new jurisdictions, important decisions and Future Directions on 26 March 2015. Commissioner Booth also presented at the Workplace Law Masterclass for the National Retailers Association on 7 and 9 April 2015.
Commissioner Bull gave a presentation to the Club Managers Association of Australia on bullying and general protections legislation in Bankstown, New South Wales on 17 February 2015.
Attendance and participation in international events and programs
In June 2015, Justice Ross signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training of Cambodia and the Cambodian Arbitration Council. He also delivered the keynote address at the 6th National Industrial Relations Conference. His Honour also delivered a presentation to law students and faculty of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Justice Ross also signed a Letter of Understanding with the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore.
During the reporting period Justice Boulton participated in an International Labour Organization-sponsored conference in Myanmar and Commissioner Roe provided training and technical assistance to the Employment Tribunal in the Maldives.
In October 2014 Vice President Catanzariti and General Manager Bernadette O'Neill attended a meeting of international dispute resolution agencies in Auckland, New Zealand.