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Welcome to the website of the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI).

This is the first association to represent and bring together workplace investigators in Australasia. Please see the links below to read the AAWI launch reports.

If you are:

  • A workplace investigator,
  • A lawyer in employment law,
  • An HR manager/risk or line manager who deals with investigations,
  • An in house legal counsel dealing with investigations or external investigators,
  • A psychologist, or
  • Have a professional interest in impartial workplace investigations...

>> Then please join us.

Introduction to AAWI

The Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI) is a professional membership association for lawyers, human resource professionals, private investigators, psychologists, risk and compliance managers, in house legal counsel and many others who conduct, manage or have a professional interest in impartial workplace investigations.

AAWI is a chapter of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) which is based in the United States.

Our Mission

To promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations and provide mutual support for those who work in this field.


Upcoming Launches

Brisbane Launch

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Level 14, 340 Adelaide Street Brisbane

>>RSVP today

AAWI Inaugural Conference 2017

Friday 20 October 2017

Theme: Practical Justice

Guest Speaker: Commissioner Tanya Cirkovic – Fair Work Commission Melbourne, Australia. 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the inaugural conference of the Australian Association of Workplace Investigators.

Join us for a great day of learning, sharing and networking, and come to hear about the practicalities of conducting workplace investigations from experts and fellow practitioners from all around Australia.

>> View Conference Details and Registration

Local Circle Meetings

AAWI will establish local circle meetings, initially in Sydney and Melbourne, and then in other locations, for members to come together and share experiences.

Melbourne Local Circle Meeting upcoming dates:

  • 4 October 2017
  • 6 December 2017

Sydney Local Circle Meeting upcoming dates:

First AAWI Circle Meeting Held in Melbourne

By Karen Streckfuss, AAWI Committee Co-Chair

On 22 March 2017 Melbourne conducted the first ever AAWI Circle meeting. It was terrific. Karen Wise ran the Circle magnificently with the eighteen attendees all introducing themselves and suggesting future topics for the circle to address. Worklogic kindly hosted and there was much joy, laughter and good wine.

It was a great discussion, and the next step will be to decide whether our group can be broken into smaller groups, based along geographical lines. It would be great if you could join us for the next AAWI Circle, organise one in your city or join a sub-committee to help organise. Please contact AAWI administration at admin@aawi.org.au for more information.

Below are photos of some of the attendees at the first Circle meeting. In the first photo, from left to right, are  Melissa Scadden, Shivani Singh, Erin Rice, Jill Murphy, Angela Stoler, Grevis Beard and Karen Wise. In the second photo, from left to right, are Sarah Rey, Catherine Smith and Peta Nowacki. What a great start!

Melbourne- Circle Meeting

Melbourne- Circle Meeting

“I approached the meeting primarily on the basis that it would be a good forum for those interested in developing the discipline and standards around investigations, principally by sharing knowledge and experiences. Whilst only an inaugural meeting, the participants all seemed to be of a similar view and keen to consider the issues widely and establish appropriate parameters, as reflected by the notes taken.”

— Stephen Curtain, Principal, Aitken Partners

“The first meeting of the Melbourne chapter of the AAWI was a huge success. There was much goodwill, collaboration and a common desire to connect and learn from each other. As an independent contractor, I am looking forward to being part of a group of professionals with common goals - most particularly to be the best investigators that we can.”

— Jill Murphy, Independent Contractor, Open Road Consulting

“I enjoyed the first local circle meeting of the AAWI with everyone contributing and sharing the benefit of their experience. It was a collegiate gathering and I look forward to many more."  

— Michael Butler, HR & Workplace Law

"The first AAWI Circle meeting was informative and enjoyable. The forum provides an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with others and explore the many issues connected with workplace investigations.  I look forward to the next meeting."

— Sue, PAX Workplace Lawyer

Australasian Inaugural Advisory Committee

Sarah Rey (Co-Chair, Melbourne, AU)
Karen Streckfuss (Co-Chair, Melbourne, AU) 
Karen Kramer (Co-Chair, California, USA)
Graham Andrewartha (Adelaide, AU) 
Joanna Betteridge (Melbourne, AU)
John Boardman (Melbourne, AU)
Rose Bryant-Smith (Melbourne, AU)
Bryan Cook (Brisbane, AU)
Peta Nowacki (Melbourne, AU)
Andrena Patterson (Wellington, NZ)
Erin Rice (Melbourne, AU)
Andrew Scott-Howman (Wellington, NZ)
Paula Hoctor (Brisbane, AU)
Karen Wise (Melbourne, AU)
Elizabeth Devine (Sydney, AU)

We welcome your involvement and invite you to spread the word about AAWI. The first step is to join.

As a member you can participate in local circle meetings in your area, training programmes, and AAWI conferences. You can access the peer-reviewed AWI Journal, dozens of webinars on various aspects of workplace investigations, email Listservs, Guiding Principles for Conducting Workplace Investigations, and many other resources. Most importantly, you will become part of a strong and supportive community of colleagues dedicated to promoting and enhancing the quality of impartial workplace investigations.

AAWI does not conduct or manage workplace investigations, provide expert testimony about workplace investigations, or provide other such professional services. If you are in need of such professional services you may wish to contact one of our members directly. As anyone with a professional interest in workplace investigations is welcome to join AAWI, membership does not determine professional competence.

If you are interested in more information about AAWI, please explore our website, email us at admin@aawi.org.au, or call us at +61 0414 017 358.

Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators

Level 8, 350 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Phone +61 0414 017 358 • Email: admin@aawi.org.au