Workplace Relations & HR

IR support and representation

IR support and representation

Fair Work Representation

Managing claims lodged with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) can be one of the most stressful and costly issues for your business. If you have received a claim, consider whether you need to engage a highly trained representative from the Victorian Chamber workplace relations team.


We can represent and advocate for members in a number of FWC matters, including:

  • Unfair dismissal conciliations and merits hearings
  • Out of time/jurisdictional objection hearings
  • Enterprise agreement termination hearings
  • Enterprise agreement variation and/or approval hearings
  • Mentions and/or directions conferences
  • General protections conferences
  • Dispute resolution conciliations and arbitrations
  • Good faith bargaining conferences
  • Full Bench appeals


Victorian Chamber representation

Why use us?

Have the right to attend Fair Work Commission (FWC) hearings

To attend hearings at the FWC, lawyers and paid agents require permission. The FWC uses strict criteria to decide if a representative is permitted to appear on behalf of their party. As an employer association, the Victorian Chamber has the automatic right to represent members without needing to seek permission from the FWC. Also, the Victorian Chamber can provide representation in circumstances where the FWC has denied a lawyer the right to appear. Internal HR teams and some legal professionals may not have the experience to defend claims effectively at a FWC hearing due to the complexity and formalities involved. Our consultants have appeared in hundreds of conferences and hearings demonstrating their expertise, knowledge and professional aptitude.

Managing Claims

For strategic assistance where an employer would like to represent themselves, the Victorian Chamber provides:

  • Guidance, advice and support in addressing potential and real claims
  • Assistance in drafting appropriate documentation, from response forms to submissions and witness statements
  • Coaching and advocacy skills.

Our consultant’s expert advice and support can assist you in defending claims and help you by negotiating on your behalf at FWC proceedings. With the Victorian Chamber’s workplace relations consulting team on your side, you can be in a stronger position to present your case at FWC hearings.


Enterprise Bargaining and Union Disputes

Knowing where you stand when dealing with unions can help you successfully negotiate Enterprise Agreements (EAs) and effectively manage other dealings such as disciplinary proceedings.

Engage the Victorian Chamber’s workplace relations consultants for assistance in defining objectives and benchmarking and negotiating Enterprise Agreements (EAs). We can also ensure legal compliance throughout the entire bargaining process.

Keeping across other union-related matters including Right of Entry permits, disciplinary meetings, wages, interpretation of EAs and more, can be difficult for any business. Our workplace relations experts can assist in a range of union disputes.

The Victorian Chamber’s workplace relations consultants have the expertise and experience to assist organisations and ensure they get it right, every step of the way.

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