AAWI Inaugural Conference
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Conference Theme: Practical Justice

When: 20 October 2017
9 am to 5 pm
Where: Melbourne, The Adina Hotel
189 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC  3000
Contact: Ellen McIntyre

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Conference Theme: Practical Justice

Fairness is not an abstract concept. It is essentially practical. Whether one talks in terms of procedural fairness or natural justice, the concern of the law is to avoid practical injustice
(per Gleeson CJ in Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs; Ex parte Lam)

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the inaugural conference of the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI). 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.

When: Friday 20 October 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Melbourne, The Adina Hotel - 189 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


10% discount if paid before 29 September 2017, or for additional attendees from your organisation registered within the same transaction.

Half Day Rates include morning through lunch, or lunch through adjournment. You must indicate AM or PM.

Full Day Rates:

Members - $495.00 (US $391.60)

Non-Members - $595.00 (US $470.80)

Half Day Rates:

Members - $247.50 (US $195.80)

Non-Members - $297.50 (US $235.40)

Dinner: The Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, $50 per head, and drinks purchased separately. Please purchase a dinner ticket during registration to attend.

Conference Program

Guest Speakers:

  • The Honorable Professor Peter R A Gray AM, retired Justice of the Federal Court - "Fearless or Fraught - The Investigators Approach"
  • Commissioner Tanya Cirkovic of the Fair Work Commission - "Avoiding Practical Injustice - Observations from the Bench regarding Investigations"
  • Emma Starkey, Senior Associate of Maurice Blackburn - "Practical Justice - Towards Fairness in Workplace Investigations" - What does Practical Justice look like for Complainants and Respondents?

>> Download the full program.

The morning sessions include:

Avoiding Practical Injustice – Fact Finding and Evidence
The Honorable Professor Peter R A Gray AM

Panel Session: Practicalities and Pitfalls – Put it to the Panel
including John Boardman (iHR Australia) on ‘Managing Expectations of the Parties’,Renato Marasco (RACV) ‘Mopping up the Mess Post Investigations – How Investigations Can Help’ and Bryan Cook (Ashdale) ‘Fairness in Taping Interviews.’

The afternoon sessions include:

Useful Cases for Investigators to Achieve Practical Justice
Joanna Betteridge, Betteridge Legal Consulting, and Senior Fellow, Monash University

What does Practical Justice look like for Complainants?
Emma Starkey, Senior Associate with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Practical Justice for Whom? An Investigation that Doesn’t Deliver
A thought-provoking hypothetical with group work

This program will also include a report back from the US Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conference in 5-7 October 2017.


The Adina Hotel (189 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000) has offered all conference attendees a 10% discount for the accommodation rate at the time of the conference (rate changes daily) on either 19 October or 20 October (or both) if you wish to stay at the same venue as the conference. Mention you will be attending the conference when making your reservation.


iHR Australia has been providing its range of human resource, workplace relations and learning development services since 1998.

iHR Australia conducts independent workplace behaviouralinvestigations that are both balanced and defensible across a broad range of industries and sectors including private, not-for-profit and government. In addition to making findings of fact, iHR Australia’s investigations provide insight to organisations beyond the individuals directly involved and identify factors that have contributed to the complaint or workplace tension.

iHR Australia also conducts Workplace Inquiries, Mediation services and reviews of internal investigations and is a leading provider of Workplace Investigation Officer Training.

Justitia offers comprehensive and adaptive services aimed at supporting our clients through every step of the employment cycle.

We work with large and medium corporate organisations, government bodies (including local government), not-for-profit organisations and start-ups. We provide services to clients across Australia.

Our services take into account the commercial, compliance and strategic needs of our clients, without losing sight of the fact that employee relations is ultimately about people.

At all times, we aim to develop relationships with our clients that build capacity rather than dependence. Our goal is to provide our clients with the knowledge and tools they need to manage their workforces confidently, now and into the future.

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Please contact Ellen at admin@aawi.org.au with any queries, and click here to register today!      

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