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Seminar: Employment Law In Australia for Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates

The Essentials - What You Need to Know in Respect of Locally Engaged Employees


This ninety minute seminar will provide those officers responsible for managing locally engaged staff with an overview of the primary employment and workplace health and safety related requirements and obligations that are imposed by Australia law.  The seminar is specifically designed to assist embassy, commisions and consular staff in satisfying the requirements of Australian labour law.The seminar also provides practical strategies to reduce or eliminate relevant legal risks.  

Topic covered will include:

  • The difference between employees and contractors under Australian law (and the implications for Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates);
  • How to reduce the risk of successful legal claim by locally engaged employees (for example, for unfair dismissal or discrimination);
  • How to reduce the risks of a breach of local work health and safety laws in respect of locally engaged employees and contractors;
  • Employment related taxation and superannuation obligations;
  • Worker’s compensation obligations; and,
  • the general requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade protocols and the operation of the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 in the context of local labour laws. 


Presenter: Andrew Klein, Russell Kennedy

Andrew Klein is a Special Counsel in Russell Kennedy’s Government Law Team.  He brings extensive experience in litigating and providing high level strategic advice to government and private sector clients in relation to workplace relations, employment, workplace health and safety and workers compensation related matters, including: unfair dismissal, adverse action, bullying and harassment and discrimination claims.    Before entering private practice Andrew worked for a number of years as an executive manager and in house lawyer in various parts of the Australian Public Service.  

Andrew has previously worked closely with and provided advice and training to a range of government departments and agencies, including: the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Defence, the Defence Materiel Organisation, Comcare, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.   

Andrew currently provides advice to a number of Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates regarding compliance with Australian labour law.

Who Should Attend?  

  • Counsellors
  • Consuls
  • Attaches
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Administration Officers 
  • Any officers with responsibility for the employment of locally engaged staff  

Seminar Details  

Tuesday 14 October 2014

5.30pm registration, 6.00pm start

7.30pm conclusion, followed by drinks and canapes

Venue: National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit Barton ACT


For more information please contact Meg Woolley via email seminars@rk.com.au

Registration closes Thursday 9 October.

Places are limited. Bookings are essential. These seminars are complimentary.