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    • 28 Jul 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Virtual event via ZOOM


    Join us for some key insights where the National Practice Leader for enterprise agreements will present a practitioner focused information session on the enterprise agreement approval process conducted by the Fair Work Commission.


    Ian Masson

    Deputy President

    Fair Work Commission

    Ian Masson was appointed as a Deputy President to the Fair Work Commission in July 2017 and is currently National Practice Leader for enterprise agreements within the Commission.

    Prior to his appointment, Ian worked in operational, senior executive and industrial relations roles across the manufacturing, mining, oil, and gas sectors in a career that commenced in 1986. He has also worked in almost every state of Australia including New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, and Victoria.

    Immediately prior to his appointment, Ian worked for ExxonMobil Australia as its Industrial Relations Manager and before that, as the Vice President of Human Resources for Woodside Energy Ltd. During this period, he led the planning and execution of labour relations strategy on some of the largest construction projects in Australia over the past two decades.

    Ian also worked for several years as the Australian Resources and Energy Employer Association’s (formerly AMMA) National Industry Manager and in that role was responsible for industrial relations policy development and advocacy, representing the Australian resource sector at International Labour Organisation forums and serving as a director on the Board of the now Maritime Super Fund (formerly SRF).

    Members, this session is complimentary so renew your memberships for the 2022-2023 financial year.

    Non-members, attendance is $40.00.

    Bookings close Monday 25th July 2022.

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Brisbane
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    The IRSQ Advocacy in the Commission Course returns in August 2022!

    Having first been developed in the late 1990s, and run regularly since then, this course is a longstanding and popular IRSQ offering. It is a course we are proud to deliver to our members and other industrial relations practitioners who are looking to increase their knowledge and skills in the art of advocacy.


    Two days of theory/content on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 August 2022 and 1/2 day of moots (mock tribunal hearings) to be held in the Fair Work Commission and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission from noon Friday, 26 August 2022. Both venues are in Brisbane CBD.

    The course is intentionally designed by IRSQ to be very practical, with presentations and workshops conducted by experienced industrial relations practitioners, tribunal members and barristers.

    The course is aimed at practitioners who are involved in managing or giving advice on challenging employee disputes and litigation, and who may want more experience or a refresher in representation and advocacy.

    Registrations are limited, and it is critical that course participants understand they must be available to attend both the theory and moot components.

    Practitioners will be guided through the basics of good advocacy in both the State and Federal IR jurisdictions, and learn what it means to be a great advocate. Topics covered include:

    • Case preparation
    • Responding to a claim/application - how to prepare a response to be filed
    • Unfair dismissals
    • Conciliation conference strategy
    • Evidence and advocacy
    • Appearances, referring to evidence, cross examination and closing submissions

    The Moots (Mock tribunal hearings)

    To complete this skills-focused program, participants are required to engage in ‘out of session’ small group work to prepare for scenarios and advocate in a tribunal environment.

    Contemplation and analysis of legislation, industrial instruments and relevant case law will be strongly recommended as part of the moot preparation.

    Participants will be expected to present positions, generate potential solutions, and develop their preparation and persuasion skills.

    Each small group will also be afforded a mentor during the two days of theory, with whom, discussions and advice may be sought. At the moots, participants will have two opportunities to appear in an actual hearing room before a tribunal member to argue their party’s case, and tribunal members will offer feedback at the end.

    Registrations Open Now

    Due to high demand for the Advocacy Course, initially registrations will only be open to those who are members of IRSQ, or who join up as a member as part of registering for the course.

    • IRSQ Members $860 inc GST
    • Attend and join IRSQ $990 inc GST

    Non-member cost $1,200 inc GST (registrations for non-members will open as of 20 June 2022 assuming spots are still available at that time).

    The program cost includes all course materials.

    More details about the course will be provided to participants ahead of course commencement.

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