21st Annual Labour Law Conference

22nd Jul 2013 9:00am-5:00pm

Beyond 'Groundhog Day': Can productivity and fairness be improved without further 'labour law reform'?

For the last 20 years the Annual Labour Law Conference has brought together leading Australian and International labour law and industrial relations experts to debate the key issues confronting employers and employees.

At this year's labour law conference we will explore ways to improve productivity within the existing system and consider how labour relations policy-making can be improved. Attention will be devoted to reflecting on what works well, how perceived problems in the law can in fact be managed in ways that prevent the need for yet more 'system reform' and how the statutory framework could be made more stable in the long term. Perspectives will be provided by legal strategists who advise pace setting employers and unions, key union and employer leaders who define strategies in light of what is (as opposed to those who lament what 'ought to be') and seasoned researchers knowledgeable of the operation of the law and how, more often than not, factors other than it are crucial for determining efficiency and equity outcomes. 

This year we are very excited to have Professor Geoffrey Giudice, AO former President of Fair Work Australia as our keynote speaker.

Other speakers at this year's conference include:

  • Professor Joellen Riley, Dean, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
  • The Hon Professor Geoffrey Giudice AO, University of Melbourne
  • Richard Bunting, Partner, Ashurst
  • Josh Bornstein, Principal, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
  • Geoff McGill, Visiting Industry Scholar, WRC, University of Sydney Business School
  • Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
  • Barbara Pocock, Director, Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia
  • Chair: Professor John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney Business School


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Conference details

Date: Monday, 22nd July: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Hilton, Sydney
Cost: Presale - $695 until 10th March (special rate code 'presale')
Early Bird - $795 until 22nd May
General Conference rate - $895
Staff - $250 - Contact WRC
Student - $100 - Contact WRC

To register: http://www.wrc.org.au/event-details.php?eventid=112 (or button below)
Contact: Cate Murray cate.murray@sydney.edu.au

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Keynote Speaker Profile

Professor Geoffrey Giudice

Professor Giudice enrolled as a student at the University of Melbourne in 1966 and graduated LLB BA in 1970. After a number of years in the private sector he joined Moule, Hamilton and Derham as a solicitor and later partner. He subsequently joined the Victorian Bar, specialising in industrial and employment law. In 1997, he was appointed President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC), later Fair Work Australia (FWA), and Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. As President of the AIRC/FWA he presided on almost every major case before the Commission including, in particular, cases concerning minimum wages, award simplification, working hours, redundancy entitlements, family provisions and award modernisation.

In 2011 Professor Giudice's contributions to industrial relations were recognised when he was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011.He is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow to the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law in the Melbourne Law School.