New South Wales


Co-ordinators

  • Ms Jacquie Seemann, Thomsons Lawyers (jacquie.seemann@thomsonslawyers.com.au)
  • Ms Janine Smith, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers (jsmith@codea.com.au)
  • Louise Thornthwaite, Macquarie University (louise.thornthwaite@mq.edu.au)
  • Therese MacDermott, Macquarie University (therese.macdermott@law.mq.edu.au)

Recent & Upcoming Event

NSW State Chapter Seminar- Tuesday 23 May 2017

The NSW Chapter of the Australian Labour Law Association hosted an event: ‘Changes to registered organisations law- could be good for trade unions, could be bad…or both maybe?’  Peter Punch (Partner, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers) presented the seminar.

Date: Tuesday 23 May 2017

Time: 5.15 for a 5.30 start

Venue: Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Level 20 St James Centre

111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

NSW State Chapter Seminar- Tuesday 4 April 2017

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on the topic: Uber and the unmaking and remaking of taxi capitalisms: technology, law and resistance in historical perspective. The seminar will be presented by Professor Eric Tucker (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University).

Date:               Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time:              5.15pm for a 5.30pm start

Venue:           Thomson Geer Lawyers

Level 25, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney

RSVP:             for catering purposes to law-alla@unimelb.edu.au

NSW Chapter Seminar- Thursday 9 March 2017

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on the topic: Tackling Australia's 'Gangmasters' the case of labour hire licensing. The seminar was presented by Professor Anthony Forsyth (School of Business and Law, RMIT University).

Date:               Thursday 9 March 2017

Time:              5.15pm for a 5.30pm start

Venue:           University of Sydney CBD Campus

Level 18, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (Stockland Building)

For access details see - http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/cbd-campus.shtml

RSVP:             Click here to register

NSW Chapter Seminar- Tuesday 14 June 2016

The NSW State Chapter will hold a seminar on the topic: The Relational Employment Contact: UK and Australian Perspectives.

In this seminar, Professor Brodie will explore the impact of relational contact theory in Australia and the UK. Ian Neil SC, barrister and co-author of The Modern Contract of Employment (2012), will provide commentary from the Australian perspective.

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2016

Time: Join us for food and drinks from 5.45. Seminar will commence at 6.15 and conclude at 7.30pm.

Venue: Thomson Geer Lawyers, Level 25, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney

RSVP: By 10 June to law-alla@unimelb.edu.au with the 'NSW Seminar 14/05/16 RSVP' in the subject line

Past Events

NSW Chapter Seminar- Tuesday 10 November 2015

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on the topic 'General Protections, Discrimination and the Industrial Context'. Associate Professor Anna Chapman presented the seminar.

NSW Chapter Seminar- Tuesday 3 March 2015

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar where The Hon, Robert McClelland, Therese MacDermott, Peter Punch and Jacquie Seemann shared their reflections and predictions in an informal panel style format.

NSW Chapter Seminar - Thursday 11 December 2014

The NSW State Chapter presented a seminar on the topic: 'Labour Law: the Highlights and Lowlights of 2014'.

The Hon Robert McClelland, Therese MacDermott, Peter Punch and Jacquie Seemann shared their reflections in an informal panel-style format.

NSW Chapter Seminar - Thursday 27 March 2014

The NSW State Chapter presented David Chin, barrister at Fifth Floor, Wentworth Chambers, who spoke on the topic 'The doctrine of repudiation and the contract of employment'. David commenced at the Bar in 2001, and practises in the areas employment law, labour law, occupational health and safety law, anti-discrimination law, administrative law, and commissions and inquiries. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in employment law at the University of Sydney, and a co-author of The Modern Contract of Employment, with Ian Neil SC, which was published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited.

NSW Chapter Seminar - Thursday 17 October 2013

The NSW State Chapter hosted Professor Joellen Riley, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, who spoke on the topic 'The implied duty of mutual trust and confidence in Australian contracts of employment'

NSW Chapter Seminar - Monday 2 September 2013

The NSW State Chapter hosted a seminar with Shelley Marshall, Senior Lecturer at Monash University, on the topic 'Textile, Clothing and Footwear Supply Chain Regulation: Recent Developments'. This seminar critically examined supply chain regulation in the textile clothing and footwear industry in Australia, setting out recent developments.

NSW Chapter Seminar - Thursday 1 August 2013

The NSW State Chapter hosted a seminar with Professor Rosemary Owens on the topic "Unpaid Work and the Law". A recent study commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman has highlighted a growing trend for job-seekers to perform unpaid work in order to gain experience and improve their employability. But are they lawful, especially under the federal Fair Work Act? Do such relationships, in reality, constitute a contract of employment? Professor Rosemary Owens discussed the difficult legal issues that can arise in relation to unpaid work experience.

NSW Chapter Seminar - Wednesday 26 June 2013

The NSW State Chapter presented Michael Cooper, a Senior Associate within the Employment and Safety group at Gadens Lawyers, who spoke on the topic 'Stop - I'm Being Bullied: Recent developments in anti-bullying legislation'. Michael has worked in the area of workplace relations for 10 years. He provided an overview of recent court and tribunal decisions dealing with bullying, and the various legislative and administrative changes being proposed by the Federal government and its agencies to address the increasingly important issue of bullying in workplaces. The presentation considered recent Federal Parliament inquiries into bullying, and the Federal government's proposed response by amending the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), along with the opposition's alternate proposal.

NSW Chapter Seminar - Tuesday 11 December 2012

The NSW State Chapter was pleased to present Dr Belinda Smith, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, addressing the topic 'The Draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill'. Dr Smith researches primarily in the area of anti-discrimination law, gender, equity and work-family conflict. She is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney Law School where she teaches anti-discrimination law, discrimination in the workplace and foundations of law.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 3 September 2012

The NSW State Chapter was pleased to present two eminent speakers addressing the topic, "Reflections on the Report of the Fair Work Act Review Panel." Neil Napper (partner in the Workplace Relations and Safety team at Lander & Rogers) and Tim Ayres (NSW Secretary of the AMWU) will share their reflections on the Panel's findings and recommendations. The Seminar will be held on Monday 3 September 2012, at the offices of Thomsons Lawyers in Sydney.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 27 February 2012

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Monday 27 February 2012 at the offices of Thomsons Lawyers in Sydney. Dr Meg Smith addressed the topic "Ramifications of the Equal Remuneration Case", discussing the recent decision of Fair Work Australia in the Equal Remuneration Case [2012] FWAFB 1000.

NSW Chapter Christmas Seminar: 5 December 2011

The NSW State Chapter held its Christmas Seminar on Monday 5 December 2011 at the offices of Thomsons Lawyers in Sydney. The Honourable Justices Stephen Rothman & Monika Schmidt from the Supreme Court of New South Wales shared their views and reflections on notable labour law developments in 2011, in a speech entitled "Reflections from Queens Square".

NSW Chapter Seminar - Tuesday 11 October 2011

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Tuesday 11 October 2011 at the offices of Thomsons Lawyers in Sydney. ALLA President Professor Andrew Stewart addressed the topic "Paid Parental Leave and the intersections between thePaid Parental Leave Act 2010 and the Fair Work Act 2010".

NSW Chapter Seminar - Tuesday 20 September 2011

The NSW State Chapter will hold a seminar on Tuesday 20 September 2011 at the Sydney Law School. Professor Gordon Anderson from Victoria University, Wellington NZ will address the topic "Recent developments in New Zealand's Labour Laws".

NSW Chapter Seminar - Wednesday 1 September 2010

On Wednesday 1 September 2010, Professor Breen Creighton from the University of Melbourne addressed the Transfer of Business provisions in Part 2-8 of the Fair Work Act 2009. The seminar began at 5.30pm and was held at Thomsons Lawyers.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 5 August 2010

On Thursday 5 August 2010, the University of Sydney Law School held a seminar on the topic of ''The Failure of Politics and the Paradoxical Emergence of Litigation as a Strategy for Trade Unionism': A discussion of the Demir and Baykaracases and their progeny' presented by Professor Keith Ewing from Kings College, University of London.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 20 April 2010

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Tuesday 20 April 2010 at 5:30pm. Lea Constantine (Partner, Blake Dawson Lawyers) and Bruce Hodgkinson (Senior Counsel, Denman Chambers) addressed the topic 'Life after Kirk: what is the future of OHS prosecutions?'

NSW Chapter Seminar - 4 February 2010

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Thursday 4 February 2010. George Cohen (Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, USA) and Ronald Meisburg (General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, USA) discussed 'Bargaining Processes in the US Including the Requirement to Bargain in Good Faith'.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 5 November 2009

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Thursday 5 November at 5.30pm at the University of Sydney. Professor Keith Ewing (King's College, University of London) discussed: Legal Strategies for Trade Union Recovery: Lessons from Three Continents.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 5 August 2009

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Wednesday 5 August at 5:30pm at the University of Sydney. Professor Andrew Stewart(John Bray Professor of Law, The University of Adelaide) addressed the topic: The Fair Work Act: The Story So Far.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 24 June 2009

The NSW State Chapter held a seminar on Wednesday 24 June at 5:00pm at Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers, Sydney. Associate Professor Amanda Coulthard addressed the topic:Garden Leave, The Right to Work and Restraints on Trade.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 29 April 2009

The New South Wales State Chapter held a seminar on Wednesday 29 April 2009. Ingmar Taylor addressed the topic:Independent Contractors and Unfair Contracts: Recent Decisions Under the Independent Contractors Act 2006.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 31 March 2009

The NSW State Chapter held its most recent State Chapter seminar on Tuesday 31 March. Professor Joellen Riley addressed the topic: Mutual trust, good faith and fair dealing: fact or phantom? For more details about this event and other NSW State Chapter activities, please contact Shae McCrystal.

NSW Chapter Seminar: An Evening with Professor Katherine Stone - 7 May 2008

On 7 May 2008 Professor Katherine Stone from the UCLA Law School discussed "Labour Regulation for the Knowledge-Based Economy: The Case of Japan."

NSW Chapter Meeting - 12 December 2007

On Wednesday 12 December Vice President Lawler of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to addressed us on the role, functions and experiences of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission on the (soon to be extinct) "WorkChoices" regime.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 7 March 2007

On Wednesday 7th March 2007, Mr. Robert McClelland, MHR, discussed the ALP's IR policy for the forthcoming Federal election - briefing on the ALP's proposed changes to WorkChoices given by a member of its Shadow Cabinet.

NSW Chapter Meeting - 5 December 2006

ALLA members attended the fifth and final Sydney meeting of 2006 on December 5 at the offices of Bartier Perry on Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Following the success of earlier meetings this year, this final meeting of the NSW Chapter for 2006 provided further opportunities for dialogue and discussion amongst members.

NSW Chapter Forum - 18 October 2006

The fourth Sydney Forum of ALLA was held at the University of Sydney Law School.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 31 May 2006

Dr John Howe, Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne, spoke on the topic '"Light Touch" Labour Regulations as a State Government Response to WorkChoices' during a seminar organised by the NSW State Chapter.

NSW Chapter Seminar - 13 May 2006

The NSW Chapter held a seminar at the Blake Dawson Waldron office in Sydney. Professor Keith Ewing from the University of London discussed 'Recent Developments in British Labour Law: Lessons for Australia'.

NSW Chapter Inaugural Meeting - 20 February 2003

The New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Labour Law Association held its inaugural meeting on February 20 2003. Mr Jeff Shaw introduced Justice Lance Wright, President of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales who gave the evening address. In his paper, Justice Wright spoke of the work of the New South Wales Commission; and he began by examining its one hundred years of history, for the original Industrial Arbitration Court conducted its first hearing in April 1902, one hundred years ago. Then he spoke of recent test cases which have come before the Commission since the coming into force of the Industrial Relations Act 1996. He concluded by looking at the future role of the Commission in our changing world.