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Advocacy in industrial relations tribunals

Learn to plan successful appearances before the Tribunals and develop quality advocacy skills with industry experts. With real life situations, gain practical skills and experience with sitting Tribunal members.

About this course

This 10 week course will teach participants working in industrial relations or human resource management how to plan successful appearances and will develop quality advocacy skills.

It is predominantly a skills-based course, providing participants with the opportunity to experience real life situations and better build on their skills in presenting in Tribunals.

Course structure

  • Introduction to Advocacy in the Tribunals
  • Industrial Dispute Resolution / Conciliation
  • Case Preparation I: Planning the Case
  • Research Methods for Advocates
  • Mediation and Workplace Disputes
  • Preparing Submissions
  • Unfair Dismissals in the Federal and State Systems
  • Case Preparation II: Preparing Written Evidence
  • Examination in Chief – an Introduction
  • Introduction to the jurisdiction and functions of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW
  • Disputes under the Fair Work Act
  • Cross-examination: Introduction and examples
  • Discrimination Law, the Federal Circuit Court and Equal Opportunity Division of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal.

No pre-reading is required.

UTS Business School runs this course supported by the Industrial Relations Society of NSW and the Fair Work Commission. The course offers moots in multiple jurisdictions with presented before tribunal members.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will:

  • Understand the key aspects of preparing and presenting cases before Industrial Relations Tribunals
  • Be aware of appropriate professional practice when appearing before tribunals
  • Have developed skills regarding case research and the preparation of evidence
  • Have developed cross-examination skills
  • Developed confidence in presenting a case before a tribunal.


Fees and Discounts


  • $2,650 (standard fee)


  • 10% discount for early bird (before 30 April)
  •   5% discount for IRSNSW members

If you are eligible for any of the discounts above, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up for this course.

Please email Provide details of your group enrolment. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.



COVID-19 information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, we are postponing the presentation of this module to a later date in 2020.

Bookings are still being accepted. We will contact all learners with the revised date as soon as it has been confirmed. Should you be unable to attend the revised date, you may transfer your enrolment or request a full refund. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to email Bronwyn Edds at

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for:

  • Human Resource Managers
  • Workplace Relations Practitioners
  • Industrial Relations Practitioners
  • Lawyers


27 May


CBD location


20 hrs

Meet the Expert

Anthony Britt

Anthony Britt

Practicing mainly in the areas of employment law, industrial law, discrimination, and occupational health and safety law. 

Anthony was awarded a Lionel Murphy Scholarship in 1988 and 1989. Anthony was admitted as a Solicitor in 1988 and from 1991 worked both in private practice and for two large employer groups. Anthony has since 1989 lectured in industrial law.

Anthony has appeared for employers in major industrial relations test cases before the Federal and NSW Industrial Commissions including the Pay Equity Inquiry, the Secure Employment Test Case in NSW and other major industrial cases.

Anthony has also acted for both employers and employees in unfair dismissal matters, unfair contract matters, underpayment matters and prosecutions in both the State and Federal jurisdiction.

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Anthony Howell

Anthony Howell

Anthony (Tony) Howell is a Barrister at HB Higgins Chambers, Sydney, practicing in the areas of employment/workplace relations law, work health and safety law, discrimination law, administrative law, and superannuation (death and disablement claims). He was called to the Bar in early 2012. Prior to that Tony spent 10 years as a solicitor practicing in employment/workplace relations law and discrimination law, initially in private practice acting principally for public sector unions and their members, and then as In-House Counsel to the Police Association of New South Wales. Over that time Tony has appeared or instructed in a diverse range of proceedings before:

  • The Industrial Relations Commission of NSW and the Fair Work Commission;
  • Tribunals such as the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and the Australian Human Rights Commission;
  • Each Court within the NSW hierarchy, including the Local, District and Supreme Courts in New South Wales, the Industrial Court of NSW, and the Chief Industrial Magistrates Court;
  • The Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court; and
  • The High Court of Australia, including having been the solicitor with carriage of the proceedings on behalf of a range of union interests in the Workchoices constitutional challenge: New South Wales v Commonwealth [2006] HCA 52.

Before commencing practice Tony worked in the Chambers of the Hon Michael Walton, former President of the Industrial Relations Commission (then Vice-President), the Hon. Lance Wright former President of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, and the Hon. Leonne Glynn.

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Sarah Kaine

Sarah Kaine
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Sarah Kaine lectures in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations in the UTS Business School and is a member of the Centre for Business and Social Innovation management committee.

Her research focuses on several broad themes:

  • the transformation of employee relations in the digital economy,
  • the development and exercise of employee voice,
  • the formal and informal regulation of employment relations and
  • Human Resource Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Specifically, Sarah is interested in innovation in employment relations and regulation– beyond the bounds of traditional labour law, Corporate Social Responsibility and its link to industrial relations and the role of leadership in promoting ethical innovation in the management of work.

Prior to becoming an academic Sarah worked as an industrial relations practitioner and a consultant to not-for-profit organisations.

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Book a session

Wed 27 May 2020 -
Wed 29 Jul 2020
Expert: Anthony Britt, Anthony Howell, Sarah Kaine
  • Fair Work Commission, 80 William Street, East Sydney and NSW Industrial Relations Commission at Level 10, 10 Smith Street, Parramatta
  • CBD location
  • 10 sessions, 20 hours total

Fair Work Commission, 80 William Street, East Sydney (Week 1 -5,7-10 )

NSW Industrial Relations Commission at Level 10, 10 Smith Street, Parramatta (Week 6 only)

Week one will be catered. If you have any dietary requirements, please email

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