Log in
Log in

Advocacy in the Commission

  • 24 Aug 2024
  • 8:30 AM
  • 25 Aug 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • Griffith University, South Bank Campus
  • 7


  • This registration included both the course costs and membership to the IRSQ through until 30 June 2025.
  • This registration included both the course costs and membership to the IRSQ through until 30 June 2025.
  • Available to all members of the IRSQ
  • Available to all members of the IRSQ


The IRSQ Advocacy in the Commission Course returns in August 2024!

Having first been developed in the late 1990s, and run regularly since then, this course is a longstanding and popular IRSQ offering. It is a course we are proud to deliver to our members and other industrial relations practitioners who are looking to increase their knowledge and skills in the art of advocacy.


Two days of theory/content on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 August 2024 and 1/2 day of moots (mock tribunal hearings) to be held in the Fair Work Commission and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission from noon Friday, 6 September 2024. Both venues are in Brisbane CBD.

The course is intentionally designed by IRSQ to be very practical, with presentations and workshops conducted by experienced industrial relations practitioners, tribunal members and barristers.

The course is aimed at practitioners who are involved in managing or giving advice on challenging employee disputes and litigation, and who may want more experience or a refresher in representation and advocacy.

Registrations are limited, and it is critical that course participants understand they must be available to attend both the theory and moot components.

Practitioners will be guided through the basics of good advocacy in both the State and Federal IR jurisdictions, and learn what it means to be a great advocate. Topics covered include:

  • Case preparation
  • Responding to a claim/application - how to prepare a response to be filed
  • Unfair dismissals
  • Conciliation conference strategy
  • Evidence and advocacy
  • Appearances, referring to evidence, cross examination and closing submissions

The Moots (Mock tribunal hearings)

To complete this skills-focused program, participants are required to engage in ‘out of session’ small group work to prepare for scenarios and advocate in a tribunal environment.

Contemplation and analysis of legislation, industrial instruments and relevant case law will be strongly recommended as part of the moot preparation.

Participants will be expected to present positions, generate potential solutions, and develop their preparation and persuasion skills.

Each small group will also be afforded a mentor during the course, with whom, discussions and advice may be sought. At the moots, participants will have the opportunity to appear in an actual hearing room before a tribunal member to argue their party’s case, and tribunal members will offer feedback at the end.

Registrations Open Now

Due to high demand for the Advocacy Course, registrations will open in the following order:

  1. Those on the waitlist from 2022 or have expressed an interest since (from Thursday, 13 June 2024);
  2. Members of IRSQ, or who join up as a member as part of registering for the course (from Monday, 24 June 2024);
    • IRSQ Members $860 inc GST
    • Attend and join IRSQ $990 inc GST
  3. Non-member cost $1,200 inc GST (registrations for non-members will open as of Friday, 19 July 2024 assuming spots are still available at that time).

The program cost includes all course materials.

More details about the course will be provided to participants ahead of course commencement.

Looking for something specific? Search our site below...

Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
Copyright 2021
ABN Industrial Relations Society QLD 45 332 845 399



Postal Address:
GPO Box 361
QLD 4000

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software