This seminar provides participants an overview of Australia’s employment law framework and employment obligations


Over the past 20 years, reforms to Australia’s Workplace Relations law had been a key item on the agenda of the major political parties. All parties proclaimed the need for greater flexibility but differed in their approach to achieving these outcomes.

The Workplace Relations Amendment Act 2005, popularly known as Work Choices, came into effect in March 2006. This legislation brought about many changes, but the most significant of which being that all incorporated businesses became subject to the federal industrial relations system. Since then, there has been turbulence surrounding the system as amendments have been made in line with political trends. This continued until the introduction of the Fair Work Act, which came into effect in 2010.

The Fair Work Act has established a new structure of regulation that attempts to create a more nationally focused Workplace Relations system in Australia. Each state, other than Western Australia has handed over some or all of their industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth. This has meant that the vast majority of Australian employers and employees are now effectively covered by the Fair Work Act and are part of the federal system.

At the end of this one day program, participants should have a comprehensive overview of Australia’s employment law framework and minimum employment obligations. They will be aware of general employee rights and about trade unions, courts and tribunals, as well as its flexibility and limitation.


Course Details: 


• Employment law framework.

• Minimum employment obligations.

• General employee rights.

• Courts and Tribunals.

• Trade Unions.

• Flexibilities and Limitations.


• The basics: employing people in Australia – employment laws, taxation, superannuation, workers compensation

• The protections: minimum requirements on employers – National Employment Standards, Modern Awards, Freedom of Association, Equal Opportunity

• The rules: navigating through Australian employment law – Fair Work Australia, Unfair dismissal, General employment protections, Trade Unions, Consultation on workplace change

• The pitfalls: what to look out for – Good faith bargaining, Fair Work Ombudsman, Transmission of business, Common law claims

• The opportunities: how to create better outcomes – Enterprise Bargaining, Individual Flexibility, Guarantee of Annual Earnings (i.e. Executive employment)

Who should attend

• HR & Non HR Directors.

• Managers.

• Executives and Officers who deal with or will be handling HR/employment matters in Australia.


Hugh McPherson

Hugh McPherson is currently the Managing Director of an Australian based consulting firm that provides specialized services to organizations based in Australasia and the wider APAC region around the effective management of employment compliance, the creation and implementation of people management systems and the introduction of structural change.

Hugh was a senior manager in an Australian workplace relations consulting firm and his experience is in providing high level advice to medium and large enterprises across a variety of different industries and industrial environments. Previous to this, Hugh had been the Senior Employee Relations Adviser in a large Australian government organisation, a contracted advisor to the Union movement and HR Manager in the health sector.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• 3 July 2018 - 15th Run - Confirmed


• One day

• 9 am to 5:30 pm



A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.



• S$ 850 for Community

• S$ 880 for Non-Subscribers


• Skills Connect WDA Reference CRS-N-0014495.

• Skills Future Credit for Self-Sponsored Singaporeans aged 25 and above.



• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Buffet lunch with vegetarian & halal options


Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

• "All useful. Great oversight to raise awareness."


• "...The Australian Law is very complicated."


• "The trainer is really willing to share. Bravo! It’s one of the best training sessions I have attended for the past few years." - Jessica Lee, E-T-A Asia Pacific

Past Participant Organisations

• ARA Management, Abacus International, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia, Achieva Technology, ADM Cocoa, Allegro Development Asia, Ametek Singapore, Apple South Asia, Ascendas Land, Asco Asia, Aveva Asia Pacific, Aeroflex Asia, Amundi Singapore, Ashland Singapore.

• Baker Hughes Singapore, Barclays Capital Services, Barclays PLC, Blue Coat Systems Singapore, BT Frontline, 

• Criteo, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Capital Dynamics, Capital Group, Caprock Communications, Chemtura Singapore, Covance (Asia), CareerBuilder (Singapore), 

• Dassault Systemes, Digital Investment Management, Drip-Quip Asia Pacific.

• Essence Digital, Enermech, EnerSys Asia, Elsevier Singapore, Enviro-Hub Holdings, EskoArtwork - Esko-Graphics, E-T-A Asia Pacific, Exact, Ezra Holdings.

• F5 Networks Singapore, FARO Singapore, FDM Singapore Consulting, Fluke South East Asia, Flying Dragon Adventures.

• General Reinsurance AG, Givaudan Singapore, Grass Valley Singapore, Grohe Pacific.

• Hallin Marine Singapore, Haworth Singapore, Hydrogen Group.

• Illumina Singapore, IMC Pan Asia Alliance, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific, International Enterprise Singapore, InterCall Singapore, ICD Security Solutions.

• Jebsen & Jessen (SEA), John Bean Technologies Singapore.

• Lewis Public Relations, Linkedin Singapore.

• MegaChem, Metro Global, MFS International Singapore, MindChamps PreSchool, MindChamps Singapore, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.

• National Instruments Singapore, Nagase Singapore, Navis Management, NCS. 

• Oceaneering International, Odfjell Singapore, Oiltanking Asia, Oliver Wyman, Openlink Financial. 

• Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Park Regis Singapore, PayPal Progress Software Corporation.

• Reddot Brewhouse, Rolls-Royce Singapore, Richemont Luxury (Singapore).

• S P Jain School of Global Management, Sabre International, Saxo Capital Markets, SDV Asia Pacific Corporate, Seaco Asia, Semperit Investments Asia, Shell Business Service Centre, SilverNeedle Hospitality, Singapore Campus, Singapore Tourism Board, SITA Infomation Networking Computing (Asia Pacific), Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific, Spencer Ogden Energy, SUTL Corporation, Sybase (Singapore), Symantec Asia Pacific. 

• Tesco Singapore, Teva Pharmaceutical Investments Singapore, Tate & Lyle Asia Pacific, The Hour Glass, TripAdvisor Singapore, TriStar Electronics.

• UST Global (Singapore).

• Vitol Asia. 

• WD Media (Singapore), Wirecard Singapore.

• YHI Corporation (Singapore). 

• Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific .