IR Society Sundowner

Date:17 May 2024

Time:5:30 pm

Cost:Students Members $10 Student Non-members $20 - Members $20 Non-members $40

Location:The Globe (Lane Bar upstairs) 497 Wellington Street, Perth WA 6000

🌟The Industrial Relations Society of WA welcomes you to join us for our first Networking Sundowner for 2024 at The Globe!

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a fresh perspective, all are welcome to connect, network, and engage in invigorating discussions. Let’s spark connections, share insights, and foster a vibrant community of diverse voices. See you there for an evening of genuine connections and intriguing conversations!
Canapés and beverages will be provided. #IRSWA2024 #NetworkingExcellence 🌟

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IRSWA Annual General Meeting 2024

Date:14 March 2024

Time:6:00 pm -9:00 pm

Location:ANZAC Club, 28 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000

Attending the AGM is a great opportunity for members of The Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia Incorporated (IRSWA) to learn about what IRSWA has accomplished over the previous year, socialise and network with other members, and decide on who will be on the committee to run IRSWA for the next year.

Members are invited to the Industrial Relations Society of WA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner at the ANZAC Club.

Details are as follows:

Date: Thursday 14 March 2024
Time: 6:00pm sharp commencement
Venue: ANZAC Club, 28 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000

As this is a members only event, attendance to the AGM is free. Registration of attendance is required.

A sit down dinner will be provided and consist of a three course meal plus beverages

If you are interested in nominating for any of the committee positions , please click on the link below for the form and instructions on completing for nomination. 

All committee positions become vacant each year. The link provides a list of all Committee positions.

Nominations need to be provided in writing by no later than 5:00pm, Thursday 15 February 2024.

Enquiries are warming welcome; please direct any queries to:


We look forward to seeing you!

The IRSWA Committee

Investigations Workshop 2024

Date:27 February 2024

Time:9:15 am -4:30 pm

Cost:Early Bird Ticket $490.00 Standard Ticket $540.00

Location:Level 8, Exchange Tower 2 The Esplanade

Ticket sales live now

Get your early bird tickets for the 2024 Investigations Workshop (co-hosted with The Piddington Society) before they sell out – buy yours here (or using the link below)!


A must attend event for any IR/HR practitioner, employment lawyer, union industrial officer and in-house counsel who has an interest in, or deals with, workplace investigations.


An incredible and diverse line-up of speakers will be presenting, including Carla Vinciullo (Kennedy Vinciullo), Conor Fahey (PSL Legal), Heather Millar (Francis Burt Chambers), Jeremy Birch (Fourth Floor Chambers), Joanna Boston (Joanna Boston Consulting), Larna Schneider (Woodside), Mark Elliott (IEU), The Hon Michael Corboy SC (Francis Burt Chambers and former WA Supreme Court Judge), Philippa Lonie (Green Shoots), Senior Commissioner Rachel Cosentino (WAIRC) and Sue Pethick (AWU).


Legal practitioner attendees will be eligible to claim up to 6 CPD points from this event, just in time for the end of the CPD year!


Lunch and networking drinks after the conclusion of all sessions will be provided.

Early bird ticket sales will be available (while stocks last) until Friday, 16 February 2024.


IRSWA members can claim a $100 discount on their ticket (use code IRSWAMEMBER2024).


See you there! ️

2023 ALERA National Conference | Australian Industrial Relations – What’s Next?

Date:27 October 2023 -28 October 2023

Time:9:00 am -5:00 pm

Location:Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

The Australian Labour & Employment Relations Association (ALERA) invites you to join us in Hobart to participate in the unpacking of this year’s conference theme Australian Industrial Relations – What’s Next?

A stellar line up of presenters, and a warm welcome to Hobart, awaits. Join us at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania for the 2023 ALERA National Conference.

To keep up to date with the latest information about the conference, please register your interest by joining the conference mailing list.

Update from ALERA:

“The ALERA National Conference 2023 is just around the corner! We want to make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of the discounted early bird rates and register before it closes on 14 July.

We have assembled an exceptional line-up of industrial relations speakers who will share their expertise, insights, and the most recent industry advancements.

One of the many highlights of the conference is the chance to connect with like-minded professionals and industry leaders providing you with valuable connections to build relationships, exchange ideas, and collaborate with individuals who share your passion for our industry.

The Conference also hosts a range of exciting social events, including exclusive access to the renowned Tasmanian Museum and Gallery for a memorable viewing experience and of course, the highly anticipated gala dinner, where you can relax, socialise, and celebrate with fellow attendees.

Register now to secure your place at this exceptional event.”

Student Meet & Greet

Date:28 September 2023 -28 September 2023

Time:5:30 pm -8:30 pm

Cost:FREE for IRSWA members, $10 for students, $25 for other non-members

Location:The Globe Bar (upstairs)

The Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia presents:

Student Meet & Greet 

Are you a university student passionate about the dynamics of industrial relations? Are you an industry professional with a wealth of experience in labor, employment, and workplace interactions? Your opportunity to connect, learn, and grow is here! Join us for an invigorating evening of socialising, insight, and potential at the IRSWA Industry Meet-and-Greet.


Event Highlights:

Foster Meaningful Relationships: Engage in purposeful conversations with experienced industrial relations professionals, thought leaders, and enthusiastic university students who share your fervour for understanding and shaping labor environments. Establish connections that can illuminate paths to success for students and provide seasoned professionals with fresh perspectives.

Diverse Industry Insights: Our event boasts a diverse spectrum of sectors within industrial relations, from collective bargaining and employee advocacy to human resources and conflict resolution. Professionals, your experience is invaluable – share insights tailored to students’ interests and inquiries.

Navigational Guidance: Students, uncover potential internships, projects, and roles that resonate with your academic pursuits. Professionals, your guidance can provide students with clarity about potential career trajectories within the industrial relations realm, emerging trends shaping the field, and the sought-after skills that industry leaders value.

Drinks and Nibbles: Network in a relaxed atmosphere with a range of canapés and drinks from The Globe.


Who Should Attend:

Professionals: Industry experts, seasoned practitioners, and leaders in:
– Industrial relations
– Labor law and regulations
– Workplace dynamics and conflict resolution
– Human resources and employee advocacy
Students: University students and graduates across disciplines with an interest in:
– Industrial / employment relations
– Human resource management
If you are a new member of the society, or haven’t received the promo email, please email us at to access your free tickets.
Spring Networking Sundowner

Date:8 September 2023 -8 September 2023

Time:5:30 pm -9:30 pm

Cost:$20 for members, $40 for non-members, FREE for student members

Location:The Queens Tavern, Mt Lawley

Join us for the IRSWA Sundowner Networking Event at the beautiful Queens Tavern!

The Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia (IRSWA) cordially invites you to an enchanting evening of networking, camaraderie, and insightful conversations at our much-anticipated Sundowner Networking Event. This event promises to be a unique opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, thought leaders, and enthusiasts within the realm of industrial relations.


🎉 Highlights of the Evening 🎉


🤝 Engaging Networking: Forge valuable connections and expand your professional network as you mingle with like-minded individuals who share your passion for industrial relations. Exchange ideas, experiences, and insights that can contribute to your personal and career growth.

🌐 Thought-Provoking Conversations: Engage in stimulating discussions with peers in the field of industrial relations. Gain fresh perspectives, broaden your horizons, and stay updated on the latest trends and developments.

🍹 Sundowner Delights: Indulge in a delectable selection of refreshments and hors d’oeuvres!


* if you are a new student member of the society, or haven’t received the promo email, please email us at to access your free tickets.

2023 Domestic Violence and Workplaces

Date:21 February 2023

Time:4:30 pm -6:00 pm

Cost:$20 for members; $15 for concession/life-time members; $50 for non-members

Location:Clayton Utz - Level 27, 250 St Georges Terrace, QV1 Building, Perth WA 6000

Workplaces have been seeking to respond to domestic violence in various ways. In recent years, governments have responded with laws and regulations affecting how workplaces should consider the issue.

Join The Piddington Society and Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia for a discussion with employer and employee advocates, as well as a domestic violence service, on the legal issues at play and the broader social and community services context.

The event will be opened by Magistrate Belinda Coleman. Magistrate Coleman sits in both the Central Law Courts and as an Industrial Magistrate. She was previously a Magistrate in Bunbury. Before her appointment in 2017, Magistrate Coleman was a State Prosecutor and had worked in commercial law and as a police officer.

Light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks will be served after the presentation. Please note dietary requirements when purchasing your ticket – where possible they will be accommodated.


Steve Bowler (HFW);

Brad Gandy (Australian Workers Union); and,

Pauline Thomas (Zonta House).


Attendees will be eligible for 1.5 CPD points, which are yet to be allocated.

Practitioner ID numbers are issued by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. Information from the Board is available here. We require these to issue CPD certificates. If you do not provide us with one then we may contact you following the event.

Please enter your Practitioner ID when purchasing your ticket if possible. Make sure that you login to the website to access member’s pricing!

Financial literacy for Industrial Relations practitioners

Date:13 December 2022

Time:5:30 pm

Cost:Free for Members or $20 for Non-members

Location:Trades Hall, 80 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000

Please note that the date for this event has changed from 8 November 2022 to 13 December 2022. Tickets from previous bookings have been maintained.

This event is scheduled to commence with registration from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.

To access the discount for members, you must login to the website with your currently active account.


Maths and accounting may not always be a strong suit for HR practitioners, industrial officers, or employment lawyers. In the interdisciplinary practice of industrial relations,  we often find that improving our weaknesses pays off just as much as leveraging our strengths and this is a key opportunity to improve in an area often neglected from “pure IR”.

As an industrial officer, how do you read publicly available information to know how well a company is truly performing and whether the company is facing financial challenges?

As an HR practitioner, how do you interpret financial information when it comes to balance sheet or profit and loss statements, that will allow you to query or ask pointed questions of employers?

Join us for a different kind of IR evening, where Jeremy Nipps, Partner at Cor Cordis, will take us out of our comfort zone and provide us with invaluable guidance in navigating the complicated world of financial literacy.


Jeremy is a Partner at Cor Cordis, as well as Treasurer of IRSWA. Cor Cordis is one of Australia’s largest and most trusted business advisory firms, providing Advisory, Restructuring and Turnaround and Insolvency solutions throughout the business lifecycle. Jeremy has extensive experience in corporate advisory, forensic accounting and managing voluntary administration for many high profile clients.

With such knowledge, Jeremy is very qualified to speak to us about navigating (what us IR practitioners may feel is) the complicated landscape of financial documents.

During his spare time Jeremy likes to unwind from work by spending time with his family and coaching his son’s basketball team.

IRSWA Christmas Sundowner 2022

Date:9 December 2022

Time:5:30 pm -8:30 pm

Cost:Free for Members or $40 for Non-members

Location:The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar, Old Perth Port, Barrack Square, Perth WA 6000

Please note that you must login to the site to access membership discount! If you login, the price will discount down to free from the $40 price for non-members.

The Industrial Relations Society of WA welcomes all to attend the Christmas Sundowner at The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar.

Please come and mingle with fellow attendees and enjoy the waterside atmosphere, whilst we step into the festive season!

Some platters of food are pre-ordered, but individuals will be able to select and order both food and beverages on the event tab from the bar, after arrival. Please note that The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar provides a range of options including gluten-free pizzas and vegan food selections, but we have not pre-ordered these to avoid food wastage.

Members are free, non-members $40. Tickets are limited to one per order, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to buy their own ticket directly!

Purchase your tickets as soon as possible to join us what is always a fun and engaging evening. There certainly has been plenty to talk about this year in industrial relations!

“Women in Industrial Relations” breakfast 2022

Date:21 October 2022

Time:6:30 am -9:30 am

Cost:$50 for Members; $75 for Non-members; Tables of 10 for $500

Location:Ritz Carlton, 1 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000


The Industrial Relations Society of WA is excited to announce the annual Women in IR Breakfast will be held on Friday 21 October 2022. Join us for the breakfast’s 10th anniversary at the Ritz Carlton, Perth overlooking stunning Elizabeth Quay and Swan River.

This event is also a registered Pink Ribbon Breakfast, with $5 from each ticket going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Breakfast theme “Work Health and Safety: the Impact of Psychosocial Hazards on Women in the Workplace”. The event will focus on how the new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) has, and will continue to change the safety and IR landscape in workplaces, particularly for women.

The event will share the experiences and insight of three incredible women, honouring us with attending as guest speakers.

Guest speakers

ABBEY BEAUMONT, Deputy President, Fair Work Commission

Abbey was appointed to the position of Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission in August 2017, and chairs the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal.

Prior to her appointment she worked as the Human Resources Corporate and Employee Relations Manager at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, and sat on the Board Reference Group for the Australian Mines and Minerals Association and the Industrial Relations Advisory Group for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.

Abbey has worked in both private practice and government as a legal advisor.

SALLY NORTH, Acting Commissioner, Worksafe

Sally North leads a directorate of WorkSafe inspectors working in human factors, occupational hygiene, plant and engineering, and in the industries of the public sector and related industries, retail and service industries.

Sally has qualifications in science, business administration and occupational hygiene, and is involved in the implementation of WA’s work health and safety laws and national discussions on work health and safety.

ALISON PRESTON, Professor of Economics, UWA Business School

Alison joined UWA in 2013 as a Winthrop Professor of Economics in the UWA Business School. Her research interests are in gendered aspects of employment, pension savings and financial literacy. She teaches in the areas of micro-economics and public policy.

She’s a member of UWA’s Academic Board, an Associated Editor of the Economic Record, a member of the Industrial Relations editorial board, Vice-President of the WA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia and a member of the National Economic Panel. During her professional career she has held many senior leadership roles including as Deputy Dean of the UWA Faculty of Business, Director of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, Deputy Chair of Academic Board (at Curtin University). She has also served on numerous advisory bodies including the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), consulted for various industry bodies and held visiting appointments at the ILO in Geneva.

Event details

This event includes a full-sit down breakfast. Registration and entrance will commence from 6:30am, for a 6:50am start to proceedings.

Please ensure that details of attendees are entered when purchasing tickets, with dietary requirements to be confirmed for the venue to cater to individual needs.

To access the member price ($50 per ticket), you should make sure you are logged into the IRSWA website with your account. If you have not logged into the new site, please try entering your email address to reset your password.

IRSWA Graduate and Student Networking Night

Date:25 August 2022

Time:6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Cost:Free for Members or $5 for Non-members

Location:Petition Beer Corner, State Buildings, Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street; Perth, WA 6000

The Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia extends a special invitation to graduates and students interested in a career in IR.

This is an opportunity for the up-coming talent and players of the future to meet with established and welcoming professionals in the field of industrial relations.

In an industry driven by passionate people dissecting critical (and sometimes contentious or controversial) topics, it is vital to take the chance to meet and greet like-minded people, making connections that could provide camaraderie and opportunity throughout your career.

In an informal setting at the Petition Beer Corner, come together for canapes, drinks and conversation on common interests. Food provided will include vegan options – all registered tickets will include one drink from a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

IRSWA Christmas Sundowner

Date:3 December 2021

IRSWA Life Member Dinner

Date:17 November 2021

Women in IR Breakfast

Date:20 October 2021

IRSWA and AHRI Joint Dinner and Comedy Debate

Date:15 October 2021