• 28 August 2019
    28 August 2019
    9:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • 15 November 2019
    15 November 2019
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Contracts of employment are an important and effective means of setting out the expectations of employers and employees. Not only because the contract sets out the key obligations and entitlements, but it may also provide additional individual employment arrangements that may not be included in awards and enterprise agreements. Therefore, it is imperative employers understand the nature of employment contracts and how they interact with legislation.

Presented by the employment law experts at AFEI Legal, this half day workshop will provide you with an understanding of:

  • How to develop, vary and terminate employment contracts
  • What you should and shouldn’t include in employment contracts
  • How an employment contract interacts with the Fair Work Act or any other employment legislation, the National Employment Standards (NES) and modern awards
  • Practical steps that reflect current employment case law trends

This workshop will use case studies to highlight typical mistakes and omissions and show participants how to manage legal risks. This workshop will include practical tips on how to modify and review a contract, allowing participants to develop the skills to consider appropriate terms and conditions to be included in an employment contract.

Who should attend

HR professionals, managers, supervisors and any employees who negotiate employment contracts, issue contracts to new staff, or make decisions about employment contract terms and conditions.

Learn about

  • Differences between contracts of employment and other types of service contracts
  • What information may need to be included in employments contracts, what are essential terms, what are desirable terms?
  • The key components of the NES and modern awards and how they interact with employment contracts
  • Differences between on-going, fixed term and casual contracts
  • Important contract terms to protect business interests
  • Termination and redundancy provisions
  • How to vary or end contracts
  • Avoiding ‘sham’ contractor problems
  • The consequences of poorly drafted contract

Learning Outcomes

On completion, participants should have the ability to:

  • Determine what type of contract is appropriate for a particular engagement
  • Understand the interaction between contracts, modern awards (and other instruments) and legislation
  • Recognise the implications of current common law contracts
  • Critically reflect on appropriateness of current/proposed contract terms
  • Identify terms that should be included in certain types of employment contracts to protect business interests
  • Understand the relevance of contracts to termination of employment
  • Recognise various customisations that are appropriate when working with a template contract
  • Develop strategies for dealing with outdated contracts


A Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the completion of the workshop.

Duration & Venue

Duration: One Day: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: AFEI, Level 2, 97-99 Bathurst Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Fee (GST Free)

Member Fee:          AUD $570
Non Member Fee: AUD $670

Other Details

Fee includes morning tea and workshop materials.

There are no dates currently scheduled for this course. Please contact AFEI to express your interest or to arrange private/on-site training.