Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety

Employment, industrial relations and safety laws frequently change and evolve. Working collaboratively with our clients to understand their human resources priorities, requirements and culture, we develop a tailor-made solution for their workplace needs. From IR strategy, risk management and employment contracts, to health and safety, equal employment opportunity, termination, post employment restraints, dispute resolution, enterprise agreements and bargaining, we offer a one stop shop for workplace matters.

Our Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety team is led by an award winning partner with over 20 years experience in the industry. We assist clients to achieve the best commercial outcomes for their business. Snap shots of our practice areas and experience are set out below.


  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Employment advice
  • Enterprise bargaining
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Executive remuneration
  • Industrial relations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Union matters
  • Workplace training



State Government Departments and Agencies

Providing strategy advice to State Government Departments and Agencies on industrial relations matters, including the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

Aged and community care organisation

Acting in unfair dismissal hearings and providing industrial relations advice to a large not-for-profit provider of aged, home and community care.

International rail services company

Acting for an international rail services company and senior managers in the Federal Circuit Court in defence of a general protections claim by a former employee.

Aviation services company

Acting in unfair dismissal hearings and providing industrial relations advice to an international aviation services company.

Human capital and on hire company

Providing industrial relations advice and litigation support to national labour hire company deploying workers in major industries including mining, manufacturing, engineering, healthcare and construction.

Coal mine owners and operators

Acting in Fair Work Commission proceedings and advising on union right of entry laws.


Various large employers, government departments and GOCs

  • Acting for numerous employers in defence of adverse action claims, before the Fair Work Commission and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Acting in defence of unpaid wages claims in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Advising employers in responding to bullying complaints, both in respect of investigations, and defending claims before the Fair Work Commission
  • Acting in defence of unfair dismissal claims before the Fair Work Commission, at conciliation and at arbitration appearing as advocate
  • Preparing and revising personnel policies and procedures
  • Advising Boards and senior management in relation to removal and dismissal of senior executives and other employees
  • Advising companies and GOCs about compliance with privacy laws in respect of information gathered and held about employees, customers and members of the public
  • Acting as investigator for, and advising employers in relation to, investigations of fact into allegations of misconduct 


Various large employers, government departments and GOCs

  • Advising in responding to critical incidents
  • Advising in responding to investigations by safety regulators
  • Defending employers and individuals in prosecutions of safety law in the Magistrates Court, and the Industrial Magistrates Court
  • Acting in appeals of decisions relating to safety matters in the Industrial Court, and administrative review applications to the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Conducting a mock trial for a university as part of a safety awareness program for staff
  • Training board members, HR personnel, legal and supervisory staff in WHS duties
  • Reviewing integrated safety management plans for compliance with safety laws and best practice improvement
  • Advising in relation to compliance with safety laws for manufacturers of plant

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