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Members of the CCIQ Employer Assistance Line (EAL) Team recently attended the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) National Conference from August 29-30.
The conference, held at the Sofitel Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, was hosted by the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland (IRSQ) and brought together key speakers and panel experts from the industrial relations arena.
This year’s theme was Productivity and Workplace Relations into the Future, and over the two days industry practitioners presented around how productivity will play, if any, an integral role in shaping the future of workplaces in Australia.
There were presenters from all aspects of the employment and industrial landscape, including representatives from academia, employee, employer, industrial regulators and Government. Speakers provided their insight into the future of productivity in Australian workplaces, and the foreseen instruments and recommendations that organisations should implement.
The presentations, workshops and panel debates all illustrated the importance of focusing on pro-active Human Resources aspects of the employment relations life cycle, more so than relying solely on the belief that the implementation of enterprise bargaining will ensure immediate productivity success.
The general consensus from all parties, however, was that for a business to be truly productive, elements of both sides must be met. That is, proactive human resource solutions coupled with strong management and a pragmatic enterprise agreement will deliver the best result.
Key speakers included Senator Eric Abetz (Minister for Employment; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service), Brendan O’Connor, MP (Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations), Vice President Joe Catanzariti and Commissioner Peter Hampton (President and Panel Head for the new anti-bullying jurisdiction) from the Fair Work Commission, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, Director Fair Work Building and Construction Nigel Hadgkiss, Justice Michael Burnett from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide) and Professor Marian Baird (University of Sydney), as well as various representatives from employer groups, unions and law firms.
If you wish to discuss any matters about how to manage employment matters or organisation policies and procedure, CCIQ members can contact the Employer Assistance Line on 1300 731 988 or advice@CCIQ.com.au