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Employment Law in Australia for Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates

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

Andrew Klein presents ‘Employment Law in Australia for Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates’ a 7 part short video series.

The videos are essential viewing for 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.

Please click here to view the videos.


Have you considered?

  • 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 for locally engaged employees;
  • 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.

Our Services:

We provide advice regarding:

  • Compliance with local employment laws.
  • Compliance with local work, health and safety law including audits of existing safety systems to ensure compliance requirements are being met.
  • Drafting and reviewing local employment contracts and general advice regarding engaging local employees.
  • All aspects of engaging contractors.
  • Minimising the risks associated with terminating the employment of an employee or the services of a contractor.
  • Taxation and superannuation requirements for locally engaged employees.
  • Responding to discrimination claims by locally engaged employees including unfair dismissal and adverse action claims. 
  • All matters relating to workers compensation claims.
  • Responding to general claims by employees including unfair dismissal and adverse action claims.
  • Workplace investigations into allegations of bullying and harassment (including sexual harassment).

If you would like more information please contact Andrew Klein, Special Counsel.