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When: 23 October 2019
1-5 pm
Where: The Grace Hotel Sydney
77 York Street
Sydney, NSW  2000
Contact: Ellen McIntyre

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AAWI Annual Conference Masterclass— Down Under Training Workshop

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Wednesday 23 October 2019 | Sydney, New South Wales

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AAWI Workshop (Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 1 pm - 5 pm) - $230 (AUD $332.60)

AAWI is delighted to announce an interactive, workshop style, half-day training programme prior to the AAWI conference. It will provide Australasian workplace investigators with a taste of the popular AWI Institutes which are regularly offered in the U.S. and Canada.

This inaugural workshop will be presented by two of AWI’s most experienced and highly regarded trainers. The programme will include an opportunity for discussion of the variation between the jurisdictions in which AWI and AAWI members work


1:00–1:30 pm - Managing Unconscious Bias

  • Stereotyping and assumptions in dealing with cognitive biases
  • Impact of dealing with bias as an investigator

1:30–2:30 pm - Interviewing

  • Brief overview of fundamentals of interviewing
  • Dealing with and preparing for a hostile witness
  • Dealing with and preparing for interviewing a challenging witness
  • Dealing with difficult representatives

2:30–3:00 pm -Break

3:00–4:00 pm - Report Writing Through
Witness Credibility

  • Sources and authority for accepted credibility factors
  • What credibility is and is not
  • Common pitfalls in assessing credibility
  • Misinformation distinguished from intentional deception
  • Practical exercise in effectively using credibility factors

4:00–5:00 pm - Post-Investigation Matters

  • Investigator’s role in post-investigation matters
  • Discovery process
  • Cross examination of an investigator and preparing for litigation


Sue Ann Van Dermyden is a founding and Senior Partner of Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation, an investigations law firm.   She spent years litigating employment matters before focusing her practice on investigations.  Sue Ann’s Firm has a team of 17 attorneys dedicated almost exclusively to conducting workplace and campus investigations throughout California and Nevada.  She is a founding member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, formed in 2009 and holds an AWI Accredited Certificate from the AWI Institute.  Sue Ann has held almost every office and served on virtually every committee in AWI; she currently serves as the Board’s Immediate Past President.  Sue Ann is also the co-chair of the Workplace Investigations Subcommittee with the American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities section.

Elizabeth Gramigna is an attorney and co-founder of Tribu Partners LLP, a law firm dedicated to workplace investigations.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). Elizabeth has been selected to serve several times as full-time faculty for the AWI Institute, a five-day program for workplace investigators.  She is a member of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI), an association comprised of experienced attorney-investigators who have worked together to establish a published Code of Ethics.  Elizabeth is a designated Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) and has also earned the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a certification for those who have demonstrated a strategic mastery of the HR body of knowledge.

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The Grace Hotel Sydney
77 York Street, SYDNEY NSW 200

AAWI room block code: AAWI1019 (quote when booking to receive discount)
Rate: Deluxe Room – $320.00 Room Only
Deluxe King / Deluxe Twin for up to 2 guests
Discounted $20.00 Breakfast per person per day
$70.00 per day for third guest including one roll-away bed

Cut Off Date: The room block and conference rates will be available until 14/10/19 or until the block has been exhausted, whichever comes first. 

Check In Time: 3PM
Check Out Time: 11PM

Reservations:  To book accommodation contact the Grace Hotel directly on +612 9272 6888 or email reservations@gracehotel.com.au and quote the AAWI room block code: AAWI1019 to receive the discounted conference rate.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Be part of an exceptional marketing opportunity at this premier annual gathering of workplace investigators. This conference will feature interaction between AWI members and you, our sponsors.

The AAWI Annual Conference offers a diverse audience across Australia and New Zealand, in experience level and industry sector. No matter your end goal, you are sure to make valuable new connections.

Download the flyer with full details of sponsorship opportunities or email aawi@outlook.com.au for more information.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a 100% refund less a $25USD processing fee, all cancellations must be received online by 10 August 2019. After 10 August, there will be no refund offered.

>> Submit a cancellation request.

AAWI reserves the right to alter or cancel without prior notice any of the arrangements relating directly or indirectly to the conference. AAWI will not accept liability for any losses and/or damage attendees may suffer on account of alteration or cancellation.

Please note: Your completion of registration indicates your permission to be photographed and recorded.

The fee is charged in US dollars as the Conference is being held under the auspices of the North American based Association of Workplace Investigators. At the time of printing, the conversion rate is 1 USD to 1.45 AUD and 1.53 NZD. We suggest you check the currency conversion on the day you register to be certain of the rate you will be charged in your currency.


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