A recent study commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman has highlighted a growing trend for job-seekers to perform unpaid work in order to gain experience and improve their employability. Such arrangements, often called internships, are becoming an accepted pathway into many professions – including the law. But are they lawful, especially under the federal Fair Work Act?
The authors of the study, Professors Andrew Stewart and Rosemary Owens, are two of the country’s leading experts on labour law. They will explain some of their key findings and review the difficult legal issues that can arise in this context. They will also discuss the particular challenges that the growth of unpaid work experience may pose for the legal profession.
Professor Andrew Stewart is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide, a consultant with Piper Alderman and President of the Australian Labour Law Association.
Professor Rosemary Owens is a Professor and former Dean of Law at the University of Adelaide and a member of the International Labour Organisation’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.
Date: Thursday 2 May 2013
Time: 7.30 am – 8.40 am
Breakfast: A buffet continental breakfast will be served, accompanied by tea, coffee and juice
Venue: National Wine Centre (Cnr North Tce and Hackney Road)
Parking: Parking is available along Hackney Road and Plane Tree Drive after the first Parking Bay. Charges will apply.
Cost: $130 – Standard ticket
$110 – Alumni ticket
*$75 – Young lawyers discount ticket
*(for those who have been admitted for less than 3 years)
The event will attract 1 CPD point in either professional skills or a required unit (practice management).
Please RSVP by 30 April 2013 to
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