Australia - employment law

Hi - I am the HR Director of a US owned company based in London. The Company has just made an acquisition in Australia and I have been asked to be a part of the integration team representing HR. The Australian company does not have any HR personnel. This is very exciting but I have no knowledge of Australian employment law ! Is there anyone out there who has some knowledge of this region who would be happy to share information and be used as a sounding board?

  • Hi Gill
    Can't help I'm afraid, save to comment that it's curious how companies spend megabucks buying overseas operations or IT kit or whatever but rarely seem to budget for essential acquisition costs even though they're a small fraction of the total - such as retaining indigenous employment lawyers for guidance or for staff training in use of new equipment. If you are really stuck though, I'm acquainted with an ex Queensland Supreme Court Judge who's not an employment law specialist but I'm sure might recommend colleagues etc who are - PM if needs be
  • Hi Gill,
    We've also just opened in Australia and will be carrying out the HR function from the UK. This has happened very recently but a previous forum member recommended this course: www.jsbonline.com/.../employment-law-australia which I will look to do this year.
  • Hi Gill, exciting times! I'd try Australian Institute of Human Resources as a starting point, they have a section with various resources, AHRI Assist.
    I used to live there and do have some contacts in HR who may be able to help out with specific queries, do let me know if I can point you in the right direction.
  • Hi Gill,

    I would definitely recommend joining the AHRI (they have a mutual agreement with CIPD to honour your membership level and the cost is slightly less). Also invaluable is the Fair Work Ombudsman website, which breaks down the Fair Work Act and makes it easier to understand (https://www.fairwork.gov.au/). Also the Fair Work Commission website is useful (https://www.fwc.gov.au/) but I'd recommend the Ombudsman website as your first point of call.

    Australian workplace law much more heavily regulated than the UK, so it may be easier to hire a consultant or similar initially?

    Happy to answer any questions to the best of my ability!

  • Hi Gill
    I am currently an HR Manager based in Perth WA and am also a Chartered member of the CIPD. My email address is Deborah.ledingham@riscadvisory.com

    Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.
    Kind Regards
  • Hi Gill and all members with business interests in Australia. CIPD have a mutual recognition arrangement with AHRI. For CIPD members, they can join AHRI at the same grade through a relatively simple process details at www.ahri.com.au/.../cipd-reciprocal-agreement
    You will then have full membership access to AHRI's content, knowledge and networks. I would thoroughly recommend CIPD and AHRI members operating in the UK take advantage of this opportunity.
  • In reply to Ellie:

    Thank you - as the training course isn't until the Summer I have recently purchased their webcast which is very useful.
  • In reply to Laura Cocks:

    Thank you very much!