Women in IR Breakfast

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Women in IR Breakfast

Join colleagues for a substantial sit down breakfast with the stunning back drop of the Perth city skyline and listen to three leading female members of the industrial relations industry

Join colleagues for a substantial sit down breakfast with the stunning back drop of the Perth city skyline and listen to three leading female members of the industrial relations industry, at different stages in their careers and from different parts of the sector, speak about how they came to become involved in industrial relations, the challenges they have faced and the lessons they have learnt.

The event has been registered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation as an endorsed Pink Ribbon Breakfast.  On the day we will be selling National Breast Cancer Foundation merchandise and receipt books will be available for those who wish to make a donation.  Don’t forget to bring along some loose change to buy some raffle tickets.  We have some wonderful prizes this year to give away.

All proceeds from ticket and raffle sales will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  If you or your organisation are able to donate prizes for the raffle such as vouchers, gift cards, hampers etc please email the society at info@industrialrelations.com.au.  Donations will be acknowledged on the IRSWA website and at the event (unless the donor prefers to remain anonymous).

If you are not able to attend the event but would like to support our fund raising efforts by making a financial donation to breast cancer research you can do so online at Women in IR - Pink Breakfast fundraising webpage. 


When: 7am registration for a 7.15am start, Tuesday 18 October 2016

Where: Function Room 1, Fraser's Restaurant Kings Park

Cost: $55 per member or $65 per non member


To register: Registration is essential.  Registration for individuals must be done online.  You can register by clicking "register now" on the right hand side of the screen.  Members need to login first to obtain the member price.  Groups of eight can book a table.  Registration for groups is only available online. Once you have registered for a table of 8 please email with a list of the names of those attending. It is not possible to book part tables or accommodate more than 8 guests on a table.

IRSWA thanks the following Organisations for their kind prize donations:
- Mills Oakley
- Luna Palace Cinemas
- Frasers Perth
- Hilton Perth 


Alice Trethewey

Alice Trethewey grew up in regional South Australia and graduated from Flinders University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws & Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of International Studies (Politics & International Relations). Alice began her career in employee and industrial relations at the Australian Mines & Metals Association (AMMA) in its Workplace Policy Division and subsequently accepted the role of Employee Relations Consultant working across AMMA’s membership. During her career Alice gained valuable and varied experience by working in four different states in AMMA’s Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth offices, and enjoyed placements with Melbourne law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler’s Workplace Advisory team and Fluor Australia’s site ER team on the Santos GLNG Project in Queensland. After spending some time with Clough in Perth, Alice now works at Chevron Australia and remains Perth based. She is pleased (and relieved) to have completed her Master of Laws at Melbourne University in 2016.

Sharryn Jackson

Sharryn commenced her industrial relations “journey” as the first Womens Officer appointed by the then WA Trades and Labor Council (now UnionsWA) in 1983. She went from there to become an Industrial Advocate for the Miscellaneous Workers’ Union. She was subsequently elected Assistant Secretary of the WA Branch of the Union. 

She appeared as an advocate for the Union before the State and Federal Industrial Tribunals for the next 17 years. She was also responsible for the conduct of the annual State Wage Case for UnionsWA for a decade (1990 – 2000). 

Sharryn was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Hasluck in 2001. 

She was the Chair of the House of Representatives Employment and Workplace Relations Committee. The Committee undertook a major Inquiry into pay equity resulting in the “Making it Fair” Report 2009. 

As well as being a Federal Member of Parliament, Sharryn has held number of senior positions in both State and Federal Government including Chief of Staff to a State Minister and Senior Political Adviser to a Federal Minister. 

As the Senior Political Adviser to the Workplace Relations Minister, she provided high level strategic and policy advice to the Minister on all workplace relations matters, developing policy responses to current and emerging issues. 

She assisted with the implementation of the Ministerial and Government legislative priorities in the Workplace Relations portfolio. She was responsible for liaison with the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and their offices on current and emerging issues and/or policy proposals. As well as liaison with key portfolio stakeholders including industry, peak bodies, third parties and interest groups. 

She has a practical and in-depth knowledge of Australian legislative processes and public institutions, including an understanding of the relationship between governments (federal, state and local) and between governments and the private and community sectors. 

Sharryn is now working with the Community Legal Centres Association (part time) as well as assisting Community Services organisations with systemic advocacy and campaigning. 


Melanie Binet - Deputy President - Fair Work Commission

Melanie Binet is the first woman appointed as Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission in Western Australia. Prior to her commencing on 1 February 2016, Melanie was a Director of Legal Services at Gregor & Binet – a boutique multidisciplinary practice specialising in employment law, employee relations, human resources, industrial strategy, workplace inquiries and mediation. Prior to forming Gregor & Binet, Melanie spent more than 15 years practicing in employee relations at top tier national law firms.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Economics with a double major in industrial relations and management and a Bachelor of Laws - both from the University of Western Australia. As a final year law student she drafted the 30,000 word text of the original WA industrial law section of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. 

During her career, Melanie has been responsible for the development, implementation and defence of industrial relations strategies on a state and national basis. She has a particular interest in human resource matters and has had extensive involvement in the development, implementation and enforcement of workplace policies and procedures, including the management of performance, misconduct, discriminationand bullying.

Prior to her appointment she appeared as counsel in the State and Federal courts and tribunals dealing with employment related matters. She has substantial experience in workplace training - developing and delivering customised training on a variety of employment related matters from the shop floor to the boardroom. She has significant expertise in workplace investigations, audits and inquiries including conducting inquiries on behalf of statutory investigative bodies.

Her philosophy with respect to the resolution of workplace issues is that resolutions agreed to by the parties are likely to have greater long term effectiveness than those imposed by arbitration.  She therefore endeavours to assist parties to reach agreed mediated outcomes wherever possible.  Consistent with this approach, she is a proponent of interest based bargaining and is a member of the Commission’s New Approaches Committee which provides training and facilitation services to parties interested in adopting this alternative and effective model of industrial relations.  

Throughout her career Melanie has played an active role in industry representational bodies. She is a Chartered Member and former State Convener of the Australian Human Resource Institute. She is Deputy Convener of the Law Society of WA Employee Relations Committee and President of the Industrial Relations Society of WA. In 2011 she was elected National President of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association and currently holds the role of Secretary.  Since 2014 she has been the Asia Pacific Representative on the 16 person World Governing Committee of the International Labour and Employee Relations Association.  Consistent with these activities, Melanie is also member of the Access, Engagement and Communications Committee and the International Committee of the Fair Work Commission.

Pink ribbon breakfast


October 18th, 2016 7:00 AM   through   9:30 AM
Member $ 50.00
Member w/Surcharge (For payment by credit card) $ 53.00
General public price (For payment by cheque or bank transfer only) $ 70.00
General public price w/ Surcharge (For payment by credit card) $ 75.00
Table of 8 (For payment by cheque or bank transfer only) $ 440.00
Table of 8 (For payment by credit card) $ 454.00