Appendix C: Members’ activities

Activities outside the Commission

A number of Commission Members hold appointments and positions in addition to their appointments to the Commission.

Justice Ross is a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and an Adjunct Professor, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

Vice President Catanzariti is Chair of the College of Law Board of Directors; an Adjunct Associate Professor, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School; and a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the School of Law and Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.

Senior Deputy President Hamberger is a Vice President of the Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales; and an Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.

Deputy President Sams is Co-convenor of Advocacy in the Industrial Relations Tribunals course, run in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Management and Organisation Studies and the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Deputy President Booth is a member of the Advisory Board to the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

Deputy President Asbury is the President of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal and the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal.

Deputy President Binet is the Vice President of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia; the Asia Representative on the World Governing Committee of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association; a Committee Member of the Royal Perth Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee; a member of the Australian Association of Women Judges; and a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Deputy President Clancy is an honorary, non-executive director of the Sisters of St Joseph Health Care Services (Victoria) board.

Deputy President Dean is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and a member of the Resolution Institute.

Deputy President Anderson is a member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (South Australia).

Deputy President Beaumont is Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal.

Commissioner Cribb is President of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria.

Commissioner Spencer is Chairperson of the Northern Territory Correctional Officers Arbitral Tribunal and Deputy Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal.

Commissioner Hampton is a member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association; the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (South Australia); the Australian Labour Law Association; the Council of Australasian Tribunals (South Australia); the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment; and Resolution Australia.

Commissioner Bissett is a conciliator to the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal.

Commissioner Lee is a member of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Commissioner Johns is Chairman of the Australian Ballet School; Vice-President of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Council and Treasurer of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Commissioner Wilson is a member of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Commissioner Saunders is a committee member of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales (Newcastle branch); and a member of the Industry Advisory Committee, Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Disciplinary Group, University of Newcastle.

Commissioner Cirkovic is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and the Australian Association of Women Judges.

Commissioner Platt is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia.

Commissioner Harper-Greenwell is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria and the International Labour and Employment Relations Association.

Presentations and speaking engagements

Justice Ross made presentations to the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) National Small Business Summit in August 2017; and the Annual Union Lawyers and Industrial Officers Annual Labour Law Conference in March 2018. He hosted the international heads of agency and heads of Commonwealth of Australia tribunals meetings in October and November 2017 and spoke on the Best Practice show on ABC Radio National in June 2018.

Vice President Catanzariti spoke at the Bar Association of Queensland Employment and Industrial Relations Conference in August 2017; the Australian Industry Group 2018 National PIR (Policy-Influence-Reform) Conference in April 2018; and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association Higher Education HR/IR Conference in May 2018.

Senior Deputy President Hamberger presented three one-day workshops to the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales in July and August 2017 relating to workplace dispute prevention and resolution, enterprise bargaining, and the prevention and resolution of anti‑bullying applications. He spoke to ClubsNSW on the 4 yearly review of modern awards in August 2017.

Deputy President Sams presented Updates from the Fair Work Commission at the Akolade Workplace Law Fundamentals Roadshow in March 2018 and participated in the Advocacy in the Industrial Relations Tribunals course, run in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney Business School and the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales in June–July 2018.

Deputy President Booth presented at the Commission’s International Perspectives on Dispute Resolution Conference in November 2017; the Newcastle Industrial Relations Society’s launch of the publication Cooperation at work: how tribunals can help transform workplaces in February 2018; workshops held by the New South Wales and Queensland aged care sectors in March 2018; the Hunter Employee Relations Network in May 2018; the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales Annual Conference in May 2018; and the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union Annual Conference in June 2018.

Deputy President Asbury gave presentations at the Australian Meat Industry Council National Meat Industry WH&S Conference in July 2017; at a Legalwise seminar in November 2017; and to attendees at the IRIQ Law luncheon in June 2018. The Deputy President also facilitated moots with members of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland in June 2018.

Deputy President Bull gave presentations to the Real Estate Employers Federation of Western Australia in September 2017; to Clubs WA in October 2017; and to UnionsWA in November 2017.

Deputy President Binet delivered a New Approaches workshop for the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia in July 2017 and facilitated mock hearings for the society’s advocacy course in August 2017. The Deputy President also presented Updates from the Fair Work Commission at the Konnect Learning Employment Law Conference 2018 in February 2018 and the Akolade Workplace Law Fundamentals Roadshow in March 2018. In March 2018, she spoke at the Aged and Community Services Australia National People and Culture and Chief Executive Officer forum.

Deputy President Clancy addressed the COSBOA National Small Business Summit in August 2017, and gave a presentation at the Legalwise Workplace Law Series: Modern Issues and Industrial Relations in September 2017.

Deputy President Anderson spoke at an industrial law seminar conducted by the Law Society of South Australia; to students enrolled in the Management of Industrial Relations course at the University of South Australia in May 2018; and at a delegate training program conducted by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SA Branch) in June 2018.

Commissioner Cribb spoke at the Australian Government Solicitor Employment Law Forum 2017 in Canberra in October 2017.

Commissioner Spencer presented Updates from the Fair Work Commission at the Konnect Learning Employment Law Conference 2018 in February 2018 and at the Akolade Workplace Law Fundamentals Roadshow in March 2018.

Commissioner Hampton participated in a Safe Work Australia panel session for National Safe Work month. In August he gave a presentation to an Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association of ACT meeting. He gave two presentations to the Queensland Industrial Relations Society Annual Conference in October 2017. In November 2017, he presided over mock hearings as part of an ACTU delegates training program in Adelaide, and in April 2018 he was the keynote speaker at the No More Harm National Conference in Melbourne.

Commissioner Gregory gave a speech to the Bayside Group in July 2017; conducted a mock unfair dismissal hearing for Deakin University MBA Program’s IR component in October 2017; and presented Updates from the Fair Work Commission at the Konnect Learning Employment Law Conference in February 2018.

Commissioner Booth participated in a panel discussion on the role of legal representation and the changing nature of work for law students at the University of Queensland on 31 May 2018.

Commissioner Lee gave presentations to students in the RMIT Juris Doctor Program; at the Australian Government Legal Network Government Lawyers Conference in August 2017; and at Melbourne University in September 2017.

Commissioner Wilson gave presentations at the WEstjustice train the trainer program in October 2017 and May 2018; and the Akolade Workplace Law Fundamentals Roadshow on Updates from the Fair Work Commission, in March 2018.

Commissioner Cirkovic gave presentations at the inaugural Practical Justice AAWI Conference on workplace investigations in October 2017; and to Swinburne University students visiting the Commission in May 2018.

Commissioner Platt gave presentations to human resource management students at the University of South Australia in May 2018, and to SDA delegates in June 2018.

International engagement and professional development activities

In November 2017, Justice Ross met with representatives of international workplace relations and dispute resolution agencies for meetings and discussions on a range of topics.

Vice President Hatcher met a delegation from the Korean Minimum Wage Commission in November 2017, led by its Vice President, Mr Sung Ho Kim. The group were researching Australian minimum wage policy.

In December 2017, Deputy President Hamilton met with a 12-person delegation from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, which attended the Commission as part of a visit coordinated by the International Labour Organization through Union Aid Abroad.

Deputy President Sams met with a six-person delegation from the National Labor Relations Commission of Korea, led by its Director, Mr Don Uk Kim, on the Commission’s unfair dismissal jurisdiction in December 2017. In May 2018, a 23-person delegation from the Korean Employment and Labor Training Institute met with the Deputy President for a briefing and then observed a hearing.

In October 2017, representatives from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment met with Deputy President Booth and visiting Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld to discuss the New Approaches program. The representatives also met with senior Commission staff to discuss telephone conciliations and the eCase project.

In December 2017, Deputy President Kovacic met with a 15-person delegation of labour inspectors from the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor to talk about the work of the Commission; and with representatives from the French Embassy in May 2018 to discuss how Australia sets the minimum wage.

In October 2017, Deputy President Clancy met with Dr Chokchai Suttawet from Mahidol University, Thailand, to provide an overview of Australia’s unfair dismissal jurisdiction.

In December 2017, Commissioner Hampton travelled to the United Kingdom to meet with representatives from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service; the London School of Economics; the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; and the Low Pay Commission. He travelled to the Republic of Ireland to meet with and conduct workshops for the Workplace Relations Commission and Low Pay Commission.

As part of their visit to participate in heads of agencies meetings, representatives from the Canada Industrial Relations Board met with Commissioner Lee and senior Commission staff in October 2017 to talk about the process of establishing Fair Work Australia in 2009.

In October 2017, representatives from the National Wages Consultative Council of Malaysia, led by its Secretary Mr Shanmugam s/o Thiagarajan, met with representatives of the Commission to talk about Australia’s workplace relations system.

In June 2018, a four-person delegation from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment attended the Commission and met with the General Manager and Executive Directors to discuss a range of matters, and to observe a conciliation.

In June 2018, representatives of the Commission met with an 11-person delegation from the Indonesia National Wage Council and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Melbourne, to talk about how the wages system and policies in Australia could be a benchmark for improvement in Indonesia’s wage system.