"The Bigger Picture"


Industrial Relations Society Tasmania (IRST) which is affiliated with ALERA,  is pleased to announce our first Annual Conference “Industrial Relations-The Bigger Picture”. The speakers are national leaders in industrial relations from both public sector, union and legal backgrounds-there is something for everyone! 

The program

A copy of the full program is available to download.


The Conference will be held on Friday 11 October 2019 at Salamanca Inn, 10 Gladstone Street Hobart from 10 am- 4 pm. Coffee/tea will be available on arrival, morning, afternoon tea and lunch will be provided.

The costs for the tickets for the event are:

$180 for early bird (IRST members – this will run up until the week before the conference)

$200 for the week of the conference (IRST members)

$240 for non-members and this includes a joining fee. Attendance can be counted as CPD hours.


Keynote speaker, Cletus Brown the Director Knowledge, Fair Work Ombudsman will share his knowledge of the George Calombaris case, including the Enforceable Undertaking and other recent cases.

Lawyers from South Australia, NSW, ACT and Tas will present analysis on the Uber cases, “common issue” outcomes in Modern Awards, eg penalty rates, casuals and public holidays, an analysis of the Banjeri case and public service employee rights and traps on social media.

Commissioner Peter Hampton, Panel Head for anti-bullying, Fair Work Australia, will provide a valuable insight into his experience of bullying in the workplace. 

“Unions, more than you bargained for!” is a presentation of the experience of public sector reform in Queensland and the way unions work with Government agencies regarding governance provided by Jo McConnell from Queensland Together branch of ASU.

A stimulating debate of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 is offered with Senators Nick McKim, Eric Abetz and Carol Brown.