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Welcome to AAWI
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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.

AAWI Listserv

The AAWI Listserv is available for AAWI members for communications specific to the Australasian chapter of AWI.


Local Circle Meetings

Local Circles are a way for members to come together and share experiences. AAWI has established Local Circles in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in Australia and as well as Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. Members are encouraged to attend Local Circle Meetings in difference States. Visit the Online Calendar for all upcoming events and Local Circle Meetings. Please email for further information about AAWI Local Circles.

Training and Workshops

AWI Down Under Training Workshop — Meet Our U.S. Trainers

1:00 Pm – 5:00 Pm Wednesday 23 October 2019
The Grace Hotel Sydney, New South Wales

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.

View Training Workshop Flyer

For more information and to register CLICK HERE

AAWI Conference 2019 Sydney

Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 October 2019 
The Grace Hotel | 77 York Street | Sydney

>> Register Today >> Download the Program at a Glance

Workplace Investigations: A Risky Business?

Workplace investigations are an inherently risky business for the employer, the participants and the investigator. This conference will explore the risks which need to be identified and addressed before, during and after the investigation - in particular the risks to quality and reliability, to health and safety, to reputation and the risk of legal action - and provide you with expert guidance to ensure that investigations are the right process conducted in the right way.


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

AAWI Webinars

Ethics – A Work in Progress

Wednesday 13 November 2019
1 pm AEST

>> Register Now | >> View Flyer

Past Conferences

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.

Read the full report

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.

Read the full report

Australasian Advisory Committee

Sarah Rey (Co-Chair, Melbourne, AU)
Elizabeth Devine (Co-Chair, Sydney, AU)
Joanna Betteridge (Melbourne, AU)
Rose Bryant-Smith (Melbourne, AU)
Graeme Colgan (Auckland, NZ)
Paula Hoctor (Brisbane, AU)
Peta Nowacki (Melbourne, AU)
Andrena Patterson (Wellington, NZ)
Andrew Scott-Howman (Wellington, NZ)
Angela Stoler (Melbourne, AU
Rebecca Taseff (Perth, WA)
Karen Wise (Melbourne, AU)
Jane Wyllie (Perth, 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, 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:

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