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Employment and Industrial Relations Workplace Training Programs – 2021



Our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team is pleased to offer our program of employment and industrial relations training again in 2021.

Our practical and interactive workplace training programs offer human resources professionals, general counsel and managers access to highly skilled lawyers and facilitators, and provide an unrivalled opportunity for skills development.

We are running three online sessions in the first half of 2021. The online, interactive sessions will be presented via a live stream by HSF’s experienced lawyers and trainers.

Our programs were run online for the first time in 2020, to great success. The feedback from participants was extremely positive, and enabled our programs to be made available more widely than ever, especially to clients who are working remotely. You can read the participant feedback here.

The dates for 2021 are set out below.

Date Time Topic
Wednesday 17 March 2021 10.00am – 2.30pm AEDT

Industrial Relations and Enterprise Bargaining Essentials

Wednesday 21 April 2021 10.00am – 2.30pm AEST

Conducting Workplace Investigations

Wednesday 19 May 2021 10.00am – 2.30pm AEST

Employment Law Essentials: from Hiring to Firing

The programs run for 4 hours, with short breaks included. The costs for attending each program is $625* (incl. GST). Participants will receive hard copy workbooks and notes in advance of the sessions. 

*2 or more enrolments in any of our programs receive a 10% discount on the total enrolment fee.


If you are looking for employment and HR law training which is tailored to your organisation’s unique needs, please contact us to discuss how we can partner with you to design a learning program which is customised for your team.

To enrol in one of our public programs or enquire about customised programs, please call +61 3 9288 1105 or email


Recommended CPD point allocation: four points per webinar.

If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.


Industrial Relations and Enterprise Bargaining Essentials 

All employers need to be aware of the complex collective bargaining options under the Fair Work Act and how to navigate the stringent procedures that exist. This program will provide an introduction to Australia's industrial relations and enterprise bargaining framework and ensure you use the Fair Work laws to your best advantage. HR/ER practitioners, in house cousel and Operations Managers with basic to moderate enterprise bargaining experience will benefit most from attending this session.

This online, interactive program will assist you to understand:

  • the framework of Australia's industrial relations laws
  • how bargaining commences and concludes
  • union right of entry
  • good faith bargaining laws
  • the role and powers of the Fair Work Commission, unions and the courts
  • responses to industrial action
  • the ‘BOOT’ test and the current FWC approach
  • other procedural requirements
  • the strategic considerations regarding bargaining and employee engagement

For detailed program information click here.


Wednesday 17 March 2021
10.00am – 2.30pm AEDT
$625* (incl. GST)

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Conducting Workplace Investigations

Conducting a workplace investigation can be a daunting process – allegations can be difficult to identify, interviewing witnesses and analysing evidence can be time consuming and confusing, and making findings of fact can be complicated. After handling all the practical and technical difficulties, managing expectations and maintaining workplace harmony while carrying out your investigation may feel all but impossible. Conducting a properly scoped workplace investigation is critical to managing legal risk and protecting your business reputation.

In this online, interactive program, we will:

  • provide you with clear and practical guidance on how to run an effective workplace investigation
  • provide you with a sound understanding of the legal and practical issues which you need to address when conducting an investigation
  • ensure your investigations are efficient, procedurally fair and minimise legal risk
  • consider when to outsource an investigation and when to seek a report under legal professional privilege
  • explain how to make findings of fact, even in the face of conflicting witness evidence

For detailed program information click here.


Wednesday 21 April 2021
10.00am – 2.30pm AEST
$625* (incl. GST)

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Employment Law Essentials: from hiring to firing

Human Resources has a key role in advising the business on the myriad of laws that relate to engaging, managing and terminating employees. This program will provide you with a clear and comprehensive explanation of employment law, including recent developments, to help you improve existing procedures and manage employee issues that arise.

This online, interactive program will assist you to:

  • know which laws guide interactions between employers and employees, from hiring to firing
  • understand the key legal concepts relating to workplace relations, equal opportunity, bullying, performance management and termination of employment
  • identify key risks and opportunities in relation to award coverage, employment contracts and enterprise bargaining
  • apply the law to advise line managers and inform business strategy on human resources issues

For detailed program information click here.


Wednesday 19 May 2021
10.00am – 2.30pm AEST
$625* (incl. GST)

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Participant Feedback

I thought the session was excellent. [It was] very engaging and fantastic presenters. Excellent online delivery.

HR Advisor

Great refresher and update on case law/ changes in the bargaining landscape. Pitched at an appropriate level and presenters were engaging and insightful. [It was] very professional and well run. Online worked well generally and it was great to be able to participate from interstate.

Employee Relations Specialist

I really enjoyed the format - it’s hard online but technology worked well. Fantastic refresher and great reminder on key steps and big rocks for employers to keep in mind for process and key areas to watch out for.

Head of HR

Highly informative, relevant and absolutely necessary moving into the IR space. Personally I struggle with focussing on the computer for 4 hours, but the duration of the course is well-balanced without compromising in terms of the amount of content covered.

HR Business Partner

Brilliant and very informative and easy to follow.

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