What the program is about

This program delivered over two half days (includes a networking dinner) covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior HR/IR practitioners in the higher education sector.

Participants analyse a complex case study and work together to develop a briefing paper with proposed recommendations and solutions.

The Case Studies

The Generic University of Australia has been a hive of workplace relations activity recently and the following issues have arisen:

Fixed Term Contract Dispute

The union is asserting that 3 employees holding fixed-term appointments were improperly appointed as fixed-termers and should be converted to continuing employment status. There are performance problems with 2 of the employees, and no work left for the other one. HR is also being pressured by the budget centre to advertise for a new fixed-term appointment to replace one coming up for expiry. How does HR find the best way forward

Downsizing Exercise

A decrease in funding has led to a decision not to renew a large number of fixed-term appointments due to expire shortly. A number of continuing employees will also be made redundant, and one is transferred to a subsidiary company. Has the university fulfilled its consultation obligations? Will the selection of employees for involuntary redundancy withstand the scrutiny of Fair Work Australia?

Difficult Employee

There are complaints about an employee’s work conduct. She later receives a notice of redundancy after the university has undertaken a restructure of her work area resulting in her position no longer being needed. She lodges a complaint about lack of consultation and is subsequently terminated. The university has explored a number of options for dealing with this difficult employee, including looking at work re-assignment and redeployment, but will that backdrop work against the university if she contests the bona fides of her dismissal on redundancy grounds?

Topics covered

  • Termination of employment provisions - Fair Work Act 2009

  • Fixed term employment

  • Dispute settlement

  • Discipline

  • Redundancy

  • Workplace change

  • Adverse action 

Who should attend

Senior workplace relations practitioners and human resource consultants
University staff who have attended the AHEIA Workplace Relations Practitioner Program and would like to build on their workplace relations skills and knowledge.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse complex industrial relations issues commonly encountered within the Higher Education workplace environment

  • Devise strategic solutions to these issues having regard to the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, enterprise agreements and HR Policies and Procedures

  • Gain an understanding of how the Fair Work 2009 has been interpreted and applied by courts and tribunals

  • Prepare and present information/advice relating to specific work related scenarios


Members $795 (inc. GST)
Non Members $1295 (inc. GST)

Dates and Registration

Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May - Perth


Please register through "Find Next Available Course" in the box above.



Training Terms, Conditions & Refunds

More than 28 calendar days prior to event start date a participant may: substitute an attendee, transfer to an alternative program date or cancel participation in a training program and request a refund by emailing

15 - 28 calendar days prior to event start date a participant may: substitute an attendee or transfer to an alternative program date

14 calendar days or less prior to event start date  a participant may: substitute an attendee.

To ensure the maximum value for AHEIA members, a minimum number of participants are required to run a successful program. AHEIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone a program to an alternative date. In this event registrants will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the next available program, or receive a full refund.

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