The Australian Labour Law Association (ALLA) was incorporated in Victoria on 27 February 2001 and now has active State Chapters in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania. ALLA's main objectives are to promote the study of labour law and social security both in Australia and internationally, and to provide a forum for discussion and debate for lawyers and others working in these fields.
Membership of ALLA is open to all who are interested in the aims of the Association, either professionally or because of scholarly activities.View
- National Committee
The affairs of the Association are managed by the National Committee of Management.View
- Annual General Meetings
Read ALLA's past Annual General Meeting minutes.View
View information on the founding members and the launch of ALLA.View
ALLA Virtual Conference 2021
Online, 11-12 November 2021
Given the uncertainty around travel restrictions and the social distancing requirements that remain in place while the COVID-19 vaccination program is being rolled out, the ALLA National Committee has decided to conduct the conference as a wholly online event.
The ALLA national conference will now be held 10:00am-5:45 AEDT on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November 2021.
The conference theme is: 'Regulating Work in an Evolving Economy: Challenges for Fairness at Work and Collective Labour Law'. Confirmed speakers include Sandra Parker, Josh Bornstein, Anna Booth and Innes Willox. The call for abstracts is available here. Keynote speakers will be announced progressively.
The ALLA AGM will be held on Thursday 18 November 2021. The pre-conference ECR, Teaching and Research Workshops will not be held in 2021.
The conference organising committee consists of Marilyn Pittard, Janine Smith, Graham Smith, Emma Goodwin and Larissa Andelman.
Upcoming and Recent Events
Tuesday 27 April 2021 - SA Chapter Webinar
The ALLA SA Chapter hosted Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide) discussing five major decisions on employment status from 2020, two of which (Jamsek v ZG Operations and CFMMEU v Personnel Contracting) will be the subject of High Court appeals this year. The seminar, 'Classifying work relationships: Finding the right solutions' was chaired by Dr Gabrielle Golding (University of Adelaide).
This video as well as a copy of the speaker presentation is available to ALLA members - contact email@example.com for access.
Tuesday 30 March 2021 - NSW Chapter Webinar
The ALLA NSW Chapter hosted the first ALLA National Webinar of 2021 'Preventing and investigating sexual harassment in the workplace: The good, the bad and the ugly' presented by Bronwyn Byrnes (Barrister, 6 St James Hall), Susan Cunningham (Principal, etika pty ltd) and chaired by Jacquie Seemann (Partner, Thomson Geer).
Speaker Presentations are available here:
- Bronwyn Byrnes - Preventing and investigating sexual harassment in the workplace
- Susan Cunningham - Investigating sexual harassment in the workplace
This video is available to ALLA members - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
To find out more about your State or Territory Chapter click on the links below.
State & Territory Chapters
State and Territory Chapters of ALLA have been formed around Australia.
ALLA's National Conference is held every two years, gathering academics and practitioners from around Australia.
Information on Labour Law events external to ALLA.
Continuing Professional Development
ALLA Conference Prizes
Phillipa Weeks Prize
The Phillipa Weeks Prize recognises the contribution of Professor Phillipa Weeks to Australian labour law scholarship and her unwavering support of young and upcoming scholars.View
Dominica Whelan Prize
The Dominica Whelan Prize is named in honour of the late Dominica Whelan, who served for many years as a member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Fair Work Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
ALLA Research Degree Scholarship
The ALLA Research Degree Scholarship is awarded to provide financial assistance for reseach degree students to take part in and present a paper at the ALLA biennial national conference.View
Read ALLA's annual newletter and access online version of the Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal.
Please direct general enquiries to the ALLA Administrator.
ALLA Administrator: ALLA Secretary:
ALLA aims to provide an ongoing forum for debates, seminars and discussion groups, to enable the exchange of ideas about labour law arising both within Australia and internationally.
Membership of ALLA is open to all who are interested in the aims of the Association, either professionally or because of scholarly activities.
Membership Fees 2021
ALLA offers Professional, Student and Retired membership, and a reduced rate for 24 month memberships.
Our membership periods align with the financial quarters, you can join ALLA at any time of the year by completing the online form. Payment should be completed at the time of application.
- $70 - 12 month membership
- $130 - 24 month membership
- $35 - 12 month membership
- $65 - 24 month membership
- $50 - 12 month membership
- $90 - 24 month membership
Early Career Research Network
The ALLA early career network, coordinated by Dr Gabrielle Golding was established to foster the research, teaching, engagement and career development of junior labour law scholars. If you are a current Masters or doctoral student, a research fellow or post-doctoral fellow, or an academic who was awarded their doctorate 5 years ago or less, or who has not completed a doctorate but has less than 10 years experience as an academic, I invite you to join the ECR Network and take part in its activities.
If you are an eligible ALLA member and would like to join the network please email email@example.com.
Upcoming and Recent Events
The ECR Network is gearing up for the national conference with a targeted #ALLAECRSeminarSeries 2021. All events will be held online and feature presentations from Professor Joellen Riley Munton, Associate Professor Alysia Blackham and Associate Professor Joanna Howe.
Friday 28 May 2021 - Effective Abstract Drafting
Friday 30 July 2021 - Applying for Research Grants in Labour Law
Friday 27 August 2021 - Delivering a Powerful Conference Presentation
Friday 22 October 2021 - Practice Paper Presentations for the ALLA Conference
Friday 13 November 2020 - ALLA ECR 2020 Online Conference
The online ECR Conference was held featuring papers presented by ALLA ECR members Angelo Capuano; Jacqueline Meredith, Dr Gabrielle Golding, Emma Babbage, Melissa Kennedy and Renee Burns. Professor Anthony Forsyth acted as discussant on the day.
Friday 13 November 2020 - #ALLAECRSeminarSeries
ECR Coordinator Dr Gabrielle Golding hosted Emerita Professor Rosemary Owens AO presenting the seminar 'Developing a Career as a Labour Law Researcher'.
Friday 25 September 2020 - #ALLAECRSeminarSeries
ECR Coordinator Dr Gabrielle Golding hosted Associate Professor Dominique Allen presenting the seminar 'Effective Writing Strategies'.
28 August 2020 - #ALLAECRSeminarSeries
ECR Coordinator Dr Gabrielle Golding played host to Professor Andrew Stewart presenting the seminar 'Publishing in the Field of Labour Law'.
7 April 2020 - What do meanings of wellbeing mean for me right now?
Presented by Emma Babbage this seminar will extract some key meanings of wellbeing which she has been looking at in her PhD research, and what they could mean for you at this time. After opening the conversation, Emma will invite discussion from the attendees to share ideas and concerns about managing our wellbeing.
27 November 2019
A successful day-long workshop was held at the Melbourne Law School and featured presentations from Associate Professor Alysia Blackham, Professor Belinda Smith, Professor Carolyn Sutherland, and Dr Dominique Allen.