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National PIR Conference | 30 April and 1 May 2018

The Conference is a valuable opportunity to hear from a great line up of speakers on key workplace relations topics, to discuss and debate key issues, and to have input into the policy positions of Ai Group. As always the PIR Conference provides a valuable forum to catch up with HR and WR leaders from other companies and to share ideas and strategies.

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On the PIR agenda

This is likely to be the last PIR Conference before the next Federal election. Workplace relations is featuring heavily in the public debate and is bound to be a key issue in the election.

The Hon Craig Laundy MP has recently been appointed as the Minister with direct responsibility for workplace relations. The Federal Government is endeavouring to secure the passage of a number of important pieces of workplace relations legislation through Parliament.

Meanwhile, Labor has announced a number of workplace relations policies that are of concern to businesses. The ACTU is pressing Labor to go much further with its workplace relations policies to swing the balance even more in the unions’ favour. The ACTU is trying to convince the public that Labor’s Fair Work Act is unfair on unions and workers and giving unions more power is just the medicine that the community needs.

In addition, there have been a large number of recent decisions of Courts and the FWC, and other developments that are presenting challenges and opportunities for employers.

All of the big issues will be discussed and debated at the conference.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • The Hon Craig Laundy MP, Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation
  • Lisa Chesters MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Workplace Relations
  • Fair Work Commission Vice President Joe Catanzariti
  • Natalie James, the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Stephen McBurney, Australian Building and Construction Commissioner
  • Daniel Walton, National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union
  • Speakers from leading companies including McConnell Dowell Corporation, Boral, Ausnet Services, Siemens, Caltex and AGL Energy
  • Ai Group speakers, including Chief Executive Innes Willox, Head of National Workplace Relations Policy Stephen Smith and Chief Economist Julie Toth
  • The Hon Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial and Leading journalist Malcolm Farr

For any questions relating to this forum, please email Sarah McCormick at

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