• Industrial relations

What We Do

Industrial relations

Industrial relations or IR refers to the area of regulations linked to work-related obligations and entitlements between employers and their employees. This area is governed by the national workplace relations system, legislated through the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and enforced by the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court. Employers across all States and Territories are subject to a complex range of industrial relations obligations, including within the following areas :

  • Representation for unfair dismissal matters

  • Workplace discrimination or harassment

  • Dispute resolution or other workplace and equal opportunity matters

  • Negotiation and drafting of Enterprise Agreements
  • Award interpretation and advice
  • Management of industrial action and disputes

  • Liaising with unions and managing union issues

General Employment Law

Employment law can be a complex and confusing area for businesses to navigate. The changing landscape of this area of law only adds to the headache for employers. We have a proven track record in providing advice and representation on a wide range of complex employment issues. Effective Workplace Solutions offers tailored consultation services. We provide comprehensive advice and representation to suit your business, empowering you to take the course of action that is best for you.

  • Employment Contracts, Individual Flexibility Agreements, Letters of Engagement

  • Employment termination disputes (unfair dismissals and general protections claims)
  • Redundancies (process and entitlements)
  • Workplace bullying and harassment

  • Sexual harassment, discrimination and EEO claims

Human Resources

Human Resources is the function in an organisation that deals with the people and issues related to people such as compensation and benefits, recruiting and hiring employees, onboarding employees, performance management, training, and organisation development and culture. In a competitive business environment it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to differentiate themselves from their competition. We believe employees can be your greatest asset, and that an engaged, motivated and educated workforce drives business success. Therefore we aim to ensure that your business operates as smoothly as possible by helping you to manage your employees efficiently and effectively. We keep our human resources advice as practical and simple as possible.

  • Policies & procedures
  • Performance management
  • Discipline and termination
  • Dismissals
  • Mediation and dispute resolution

  • Payroll audits

  • Recruitment services
  • Restructuring including assistance with redundancy

Outsourced HR Services

HR outsourcing lets businesses delegate employee management tasks - such as HR administration, recruiting, training, employee management - to a professional HR team instead of hiring internal HR staff.

We provide a range of flexible HR solutions for organisations seeking to outsource specialist services or the full HR function.

We work collaboratively with our clients and seek to understand your organisation, its drivers, its culture and its objectives. We tailor our services according to your specific needs, particular environment and operating framework, and believe in delivering effective and sustainable solutions.

  • Starting your HR department
  • Performance management
  • HR consulting
  • Independent workplace investigations
  • Workplace Relations and Industrial Relations

  • HR policies and procedures
  • Guide and advise you through everyday HR issues
  • Support and provide expertise to help your employees to perform
  • Minimise your risk by helping to ensure compliance and best practice
  • Increase employee engagement and satisfaction
  • Empower and educate your people in situations where they work closely with highly specialised and experienced consultants
  • HR policies and procedures


Training presents an opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all employees, but many employers in the current climate find development opportunities expensive. Employees attending training sessions also miss out on work time which may delay the completion of projects. However despite these potential drawbacks, training and development provides both the individual and organisations as a whole with benefits that make the cost and time a worthwhile investment. The return on investment from training and development of employees is really a no brainer.

Corporate training has many advantages outside of the knowledge gained on a specific topic. The benefits of corporate training include: Increasing the value of your employees in the workplace; creating more capable leaders; Identifying areas of employee weaknesses; Increasing employee satisfaction; and helping your business to stand out from the competition.

  • Employment law for line managers
  • Handling grievances and disciplinary matters
  • Bullying and harassment in the workplace. Advise your managers and staff on how to properly deal with these matters ensuring proper policies and procedures are in place
  • Dealing with stress, absence and poor performance
  • Simplifying termination and counselling of employees – dismissal and disciplining employees can be a complex minefield for employers
  • Workers Compensation - dealing with ill and injured workers, understanding the law and how to apply proper policies and procedures to try to avoid costly claims and other proceedings
  • Employment law updates