What the program is about

This program delivered virtually over two days introduces participants to the higher education industrial relations environment, including underlying legal concepts, the various industrial instruments and the practical application of both.
The program focuses on what’s important for staff working at the ‘coalface’ of university workplace relations. 

Topics covered

  • Employment Law

  • Employment Contracts

  • Policies and Procedures

  • Employment Legislation

  • Awards

  • Workplace Agreements

  • Termination of Employment


This program will assist you to; 

  • Distinguish between employment and other forms of work arrangement
  • Know the sources of employment rights and obligations
  • Understand the requirements for the formation of a valid contract of employment
  • Distinguish between express and implied terms
  • Understand the circumstances in which a contract may be varied
  • Explain the relationship between the employment contract and other instruments
  • Understand the function of compliance policies and procedures
  • Identify the ways in which policies and procedures may minimise liability for employers
  • Outline the functions and powers of the institutions with responsibilities under the  Fair Work Act 2009
  • Understand the relationship between the Fair Work Act 2009 and State and Territory Industrial laws
  • Understand the key features of the general protections and right of entry provisions
  • Understand Fair Work Commissions Anti-Bullying jurisdiction
  • Explain the key features and importance of anti-discrimination, WHS, FOI and privacy legislation
  • Define an Award and understand its status under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • Understand the key provisions of the higher education modern awards
  • Define an enterprise agreement and understand its status
  • Describe the process of enterprise bargaining
  • Identify the principal unions with coverage in the higher education sector
  • Understand what is meant by "good faith bargaining"
  • Understand the requirements under the Fair Work Act 2009 for approval of an enterprise agreement
  • Explain how an agreement can be varied or terminated
  • Understand the key concepts in relation to the taking of industrial action
  • Understand the ways in which the employment contract can terminate
  • Understand the termination provisions as specified in your university's enterprise agreement and policies
  • Distinguish between the unfair dismissal and general protections jurisdictions of theFair Work Act 2009
  • List the remedies available at common law for termination of employment                


As with all AHEIA training programs, this workshop is designed to be interactive and participatory, and uses a mix of facilitated discussion with practical small group activities and case studies designed to develop knowledge, skills and confidence

Member Testimonials

"Facilitator engaged with the group and used practical examples to help cement learning."
"Very useful and informative program that was very well facilitated."
"A productive 2 days. Refreshed my knowledge. Learned new information. The case studies were excellent."

Who should attend

Workplace relations practitioners who are relatively new to the sector and/or new to a workplace relations role. Staff who would like to update and refresh their skills in industrial / workplace relations.


Our dedicated  team of industrial relations practitioners and education professionals  are  committed to sharing  their experience and equipping you with current industry knowledge.  To find out more about our team of qualified practitioners, with years of experience in the higher education sector, visit Meet our Team.


Members: $95.00 excl GST

Non Members: $495 excl GST


Virtual - Day 1 - 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Day 2 - 10.00 am to 12.00 pm (Eastern Seaboard Times)

Like to know more?

Contact us at or call (03) 8611 0504.

Virtual Workshop

DAY 1 10.00AM to 2.00 PM DAY 2 10.00AM to 12.00PM (AEDT)

Wednesday 23 February to Thursday 24 February


Virtual Workshop

DAY 1 10.00AM to 2.00 PM DAY 2 10.00AM to 12.00PM (AEST)

Wednesday 27 July to Thursday 28 July


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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.

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) website,

AHEIA is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

Collection of your personal information

There are many aspects of the site which can be viewed without providing personal information, however, for access to AHEIA customer support features you are required to submit personally identifiable information. This may include but not limited to a unique username and password, or provide sensitive information in the recovery of your lost password.

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