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|Welcome to AAWI|
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.
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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.
To promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations and provide mutual support for those who work in this field.
The AAWI Listserv is available for AAWI members for communications specific to the Australasian chapter of AWI.
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. Visit the Online Calendar for all upcoming events and Local Circle Meetings.
2018 AAWI Conference Report
Sarah Rey, Co-Convenor of AAWI (with Karen Streckfuss), opened the 2018 conference entitled “Maximum Impact – Minimal Harm”. She reminded attendees involved in conducting workplace investigations that they have a lot of experience and insight, with which they can make a positive contribution to the discussions and decision making about how an investigation is scoped and conducted by employers. In some if not many cases, the employer has less experience than the investigator in such matters. As employers have a duty of care to support the parties in an investigation, and ensure a healthy workplace, it is important for them and their independently engaged investigators to understand how the process may be conducted in a way that ensures minimal harm to all concerned.
2017 AAWI Conference Report
Lisa Klug and Rose Bryant-Smith, Worklogic
The inaugural conference of the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators, held in Melbourne on 20 October 2017, invited in-house investigators, consultants and lawyers to consider the concept of practical justice.
After a warm welcome by AAWI Co-Convener Karen Streckfuss, the Opening Keynote was given by former Federal Court Justice, the Hon Professor Peter Gray AM. Professor Gray’s speech entertained, engaged and provoked robust debate amongst the audience.
Pointing out that investigators are “employed to do the thing no-one else wants to do”, Professor Gray noted that investigators have no special powers conferred by law, nor are they protected from defamation suits via absolute privilege (as judges do). He questioned how external investigators can balance practical justice for the parties to the investigation, with the investigator’s self-interest in minimising the possibility of being sued for defamation for ‘republishing’ potentially untrue comments that other employees have said. Although a disgruntled employee would find it hard to prove they had suffered damage, sometimes slander is actionable without proof of special damage, especially if the allegation is one of criminal activity. Many of the audience took note – be cautious in future, and check whether your insurance covers defamation.
Australasian Inaugural Advisory Committee
Sarah Rey (Co-Chair, Melbourne, 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 email@example.com, or call us at +61 0414 017 358.
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