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Appendix B: Members’ activities

Activities outside the Commission

A number of Commission Members hold appointments and positions in addition to their appointments to the Commission.

Justice Ross is a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (Discipline – Law) and an Adjunct Professor, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

Vice President Catanzariti is the Chair of The College of Law; an Adjunct Associate Professor, Work and Organisational Studies, School of Business, University of Sydney; a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the School of Law and Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales (UNSW); Co-Chair of the LGBTI Committee of the International Bar Association.

Deputy President Hamilton is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Business and Law at CQ University Australia.

Deputy President Asbury is the President of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal and the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal. The Deputy President is also a Life Member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.

Deputy President Gostencnik is a consultant for the LexisNexis Practical Guidance – Employment Law module.

Deputy President Binet is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia, Australian Association of Women Judges and the Australian Human Resource Institute.

Deputy President Clancy served as the honorary Chairperson of the Frederick Richard O’Connell Scholarship Committee and is a member of the Committee of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria.

Deputy President Dean is chairperson of the Alpine School.

Deputy President Anderson is a member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (South Australia).

Deputy President Beaumont was re-appointed to the position of Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Remuneration Tribunal for another three year term commencing in early 2021; and a member of the National Judicial College of Australia, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Inc. and the UN Women NC Australia.

Deputy President Saunders is a committee member of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales (Newcastle branch); a member of the Industry Advisory Committee, Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Disciplinary Group, University of Newcastle; and a member of the Newcastle Law School Advisory Board, University of Newcastle.

Deputy President Boyce is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Commissioner Spencer is Chairperson of the Northern Territory Correctional Officers Arbitral Tribunal; Deputy Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal; and a Life Member of the Industrial Relations Society Queensland (IRSQ).

Commissioner Hampton is a member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association; the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (South Australia); the Australian Labour Law Association; the Council of Australasian Tribunals (South Australia); the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment; and Resolution Australia.

Commissioner Bissett is a conciliator to the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal.

Commissioner Simpson is a conciliator to the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal.

Commissioner Lee is a member of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. The Commissioner is also on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Law School Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law.

Commissioner Johns is a Trustee of the Arts Centre of Melbourne, a Director of the YMCA NSW and YMCA Australia. The Commissioner is also the Treasurer of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales and the Treasurer of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA). The Commissioner is also a Co-chair of the Workplace Dispute Resolution (WDR) Study Group of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).

Commissioner Wilson is a member of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Commissioner Cirkovic is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria; the Australian Association of Women Judges and is a member of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Commissioner Platt is Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia.

Commissioner Harper-Greenwell is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment and the Australian Association of Women Judges. The Commissioner is also a Professional Member of Resolution Australia, and an Ambassador for Bravehearts Foundation Ltd.

Commissioner Hunt is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.

Commissioner Ryan is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales and also a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Commission‑related engagements in 2020-21

Domestic activities

Throughout the reporting period, Commission Members participated in a range of Commission-related domestic engagements and professional development activities.

Justice Ross delivered a number of presentations during the reporting period. In September 2020, Justice Ross presented at the Australian Journal of Labour Law Workshop and to the Industrial Relations Society of Tasmania on the Commission’s response to COVID-19. In October 2020, Justice Ross chaired the Ron McCallum Debate. Justice Ross also presented to PWS Payroll on the Future of Work and Flexibility and presented at the Cooperative Workplaces Symposium. In December 2020, Justice Ross presented to Unions WA Industrial Officers and Lawyers Network on the Challenges the Commission faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice Ross also presented the Keith Hancock Lecture on measuring what matters in the time of COVID 19. In March 2021, Justice Ross presented on the Gender Pay Gap to the University of Sydney. In April 2021, Justice Ross presented to the University of Melbourne on digital technologies. In May 2021, Justice Ross presented to the University of Sydney on appellate advocacy.

Vice President Catanzariti delivered a presentation in September 2020 to Leo Cussen Centre for Law to provide an update from the Commission. In June 2021, Vice President Catanzariti presented to the Law Institute of Victoria, Government Lawyers Conference. The topic was ‘Omnibus Impact: A permanent shift?’.

Deputy President Hamilton gave a lecture in May 2021 to Human Resource Management and International Relations students at the CQUniversity on the operation of the Fair Work Commission.

Deputy President Gostencnik in October 2020 delivered a lecture to Labour Law Masters Students at University of Melbourne’s Law School on ‘Labour Standards and their Enforcement – Role of the Fair Work Commission’. In November 2020, Deputy President Gostencnik presented about the ‘JobKeeper jurisdiction on the Commission to the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria'. In December 2020, Deputy President Gostencnik presented to the UnionsWA Industrial Officers and Lawyers Network on enterprise agreement making and approval.

Deputy President Clancy in February 2021 participated in a Law Institute of Victoria panel discussion about working from home. In June 2021, Deputy President Clancy represented the Commission at the Council of Australian Tribunals National Online Conference.

Deputy President Dean presented in July 2021 to the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association, ACT Branch Annual Conference about advocacy in the Commission.

Deputy President Anderson presented in October 2021 to the Thomson Reuters Mental Health and Employment Law Conference about mental health in the workplace.

Deputy President Masson delivered a number of information sessions on enterprise agreements to various organisations including the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Deputy President Beaumont delivered a presentation in November 2020 to the CCIWA Workplace Relations Conference on ‘the Fair Work Commission post COVID-19, and what is expected from employers’ and facilitated a mock hearing.

Deputy President Lake presented to ClubsQld’s Workplace Relations Seminar in November 2020.

Commissioner Hampton gave a presentation in January 2021 about the work of the Commission and workplace relations law in Australia to Post Graduate students of the University of South Australia.

Commissioner Johns in March 2021 delivered the keynote address to the Legalwise Workplace Law Conference on ‘Insights from the Fair Work Commission’. Commissioner Johns presented in April 2021 to Monash University students about current issues in workplace law. Commissioner Johns officiated the University of Sydney’s Anti-bullying MOOT. In May 2021, Commissioner Johns also gave a presentation to the NSW Industrial Relations Society Annual Conference on the Commission’s response to COVID-19. Commissioner Johns also presented to the Civil Contractors Federation NSW, Industrial Relations Conference on the future of workplace agreements and also provided training to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union on reviewing enterprise agreements.

Commissioner Wilson presented in October 2020 to the Thomson Reuters Industrial and Workplace Relations Conference to provide updates from the Commission. In February 2021 Commissioner Wilson presented to Fletcher Building on ‘Dismissals, Disputes and Advocacy in the Commission’. In March 2021, Commissioner Wilson gave the keynote address to the Legalwise Workplace Law Conference on ‘Insights from the Fair Work Commission.

Commissioner Yilmaz gave a presentation in October 2020 to the Thomson Reuter Mental Health and Employment Law Conference on the ‘Fair Work Act and Mental Health Update’.

International activities

Throughout the reporting period, Commission Members participated in a limited number of Commission-related international engagement and professional development activities due to travel restrictions imposed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner Johns gave a presentation in June 2021 to the Workplace Dispute Resolution (WDR) Study Group of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) on the paper titled ‘COVID and the JobKeeper Jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission’.