Events » Are You Employing People in the Screen Industry? (SYD)

Screen Producers Australia is holding an Industrial Relations Masterclass in Sydney on the industrial fundamentals that apply to all Australian screen production businesses.

If you currently employ or intend to employ staff, make sure you are aware of your rights, obligations and responsibilities:

  • What should production companies and senior staff know about employing?

  • What measures do you need to take to handle grievances?

  • What needs to be taken into account when contracting?

  • What are the legal requirements regarding wages, taxation, superannuation, working hours, leave, public holidays, and termination?

This vital Masterclass for anyone who employs staff will provide an important introduction to the fundamental industrial instruments including the Fair Work Act, the National Employment Standards, the Broadcasting and Recorded Entertainment Award, and Enterprise Bargaining Agreements including the impact of potential government changes to maternity leave, adverse action and unfair dismissal.

In particular, you will also gain an invaluable understanding of how the statutory instruments work in concert with the agreements negotiated by Screen Producers Australia with unions and guilds - What rights do you need to purchase from artists, contractors, and employees? What are the most recent changes to Screen Producers Australia agreements and what are the main issues currently under negotiation?

These questions and more will be addressed at this half day Screen Producers Australia Industrial Relations Masterclass.

Tuesday, 18 February
9.00am - 1.00pm
NSW Trade & Investment Centre
Level 47, MLC Centre
19 Martin Place, Sydney, 2000

Members: $90   |   Special Guilds : $120   |   Non-Members: $150



To access the Special Guilds rate you must be a financial member of: AWG, ADG, AIMIA, MEAA. You will be contact and asked to provide evidence of your membership.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are given for any cancellations made up to 48hrs prior to the Masterclass, and are subject to a 25% administration fee. Refunds are not given after this period.


Owen Johnston is our Manager, Industrial and Commercial Affairs. Owen manages negotiations for collective bargaining agreements on behalf of Screen Producers Australia with unions and guilds, terms of trade agreements with broadcasters, and provides industrial and commercial advice to members.

Ed joined TressCox in 2009 and has experience and carriage of a range of employment-centric corporate and commercial matters, including termination of employment, redundancy, restraint of trade, discrimination, occupational health and safety, bullying and harassment, workplace surveillance, company policies and general contract law.

Ed’s written work to date has included drafting of employment contracts and workplace agreements, company policies, advice on the range of matters described above, preparation of legal documentation including pleadings and briefs to counsel, as well as general day-to-day communication with clients and opposing solicitors.

From an advocacy perspective, Ed has represented clients in the Federal Court of Australia, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, Fair Work Australia and the Local Court. Ed has also conducted successful mediation and conciliation efforts in a range of matters.


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