Wrapping the Round: An AHEIA Member Event

Presented by Kingston Reid Lawyers

Date: Thursday 27 July 2023

Time: 11AM – 1PM AEST

Location: Virtual


This complimentary workshop is exclusively for AHEIA Members and covers options for finalising enterprise bargaining negotiations.

With more than half of our members still to finalise a new enterprise agreement, AHEIA has invited Steven Amendola and Brendan Milne of Kingston Reid Lawyers, to hold a member Workshop tabling options for finalising negotiations.

The Workshop will focus on the use of Section 240 of the Act, given the recent changes to the Act giving prominence to this provision. Section 240 of the Act enables any party in enterprise bargaining negotiations to request a conciliation conference in Fair Work Commission, with all parties required to attend and participate.

Newcastle University’s recent successful use of the provision illustrates its effectiveness, with the FWC playing a significant role in resolving the stalled negotiations after 2 plus years of bargaining.

Steven and Brendan will provide a practical overview of section 240. At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with a thorough understanding of both the operational and strategic elements of this provision, as well as the opportunity to consider what other options might be available to enable you to finalise your agreement.

This is an AHEIA member only event. We look forward to seeing you there.

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About the presenters


Steven Amendola | Partner | Kingston Reid

Steven is widely recognised as one Australia’s leading practitioners in industrial relations and litigation, and is particularly renowned for his strategic dispute resolution work. His aptitude in all aspects of employment law and ability to think strategically enables clients to avoid costly and lengthy disputes whilst effectively managing workplace incidents and investigations.

Steven works with clients in a range of industries and sectors, including construction, financial services, government, manufacturing and retail. He has been involved in a number of high profile employment and industrial issues such as the national waterfront dispute, and test cases relating to right of entry, bargaining fees, and industrial action. His extensive experience and expertise provides clients with the ability to access a wealth of insight, knowledge and strategic guidance around enforcement provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, key provisions dealing with collective agreement making, the freedom of association provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009, and various discrimination issues.

Steven places a lot of emphasis on building strong relationships based on trust and respect with his clients, and greatly values the effective outcomes that are borne from those connections and bonds. He is steadfastly focused on understanding his clients’ businesses and operating platforms, and on connecting the right people with the right information to achieve the best outcomes.


Brendan Milne | Partner | Kingston Reid

Brendan works closely with some of Australia’s largest employers to assist them navigate their critical workplace relations issues. As an experienced adviser and litigator, he recognises the importance of understanding his clients, whether it be operational or helping them achieve their organisational goals. Armed with that knowledge, he quickly identifies core issues and opportunities to deliver strategic and practical solutions, allowing his clients to focus on what they do best – running their businesses. For these reasons he enjoys strong client trust.

Although Brendan’s expertise is in industrial disputes and enterprise bargaining, he practises in all areas of workplace law. He is passionate about helping clients avoid timely and costly disputes and is committed to finding the best possible resolution when they do arise.

He has been involved in some of Australia’s most significant industrial disputes over the past decade in industries such as mining, energy, resources, construction, manufacturing, shipping, and stevedoring.