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Amanda Watt

Amanda is a partner in our Human Resources and Industrial Relations practice and is recognised locally and internationally as a leading individual in the field. She has over 20 years' experience in administrative, employment and industrial relations law.

Advising clients in the electricity, manufacturing, essential services, health, education and insurance industries, Amanda implements workplace change initiatives that are strategic, practical and consistent with the values of the organisation. She has particular expertise in the government sector and advises a range of government departments, agencies and business enterprises at Federal and Victorian level.

Amanda’s practice encompasses a wide range of human resources issues. She provides specialist advice on industrial disputes, enterprise agreement negotiations, employment agreements and contracts, due diligences, acquisitions, sale or downsizing of businesses, outsourcing, disciplinary matters, managing ill employees, unfair and unlawful dismissals, adverse action and anti-discrimination law.

Also a specialist in administrative law, Amanda frequently acts in professional discipline hearings concerning public sector employees and health professionals such as medical practitioners and psychologists. Amanda’s long-standing clients include the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and its predecessor boards, Australia Post, Australian Unity, Barwon Water, BSH, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Vic), Department of Health (Vic), Department of Human Services (Vic), Department of Environment & Primary Industries (Vic), Department of Premier & Cabinet (Vic), Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Motorola, Patties Foods, Port of Melbourne Corporation, EnergyAustralia, VicForests, The University of Melbourne and Yarra Valley Water.

Amanda has been named as a leading lawyer in the international guide Chambers Global each year since 2008, and in Best Lawyers (Australia) for employment in 2008, 2010 – 2013 and in Government in 2013

Amanda is a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association, the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, the Australian Institute of Administration Law and the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda regularly conducts workplace investigations and training, delivers client seminars and is the author of published papers on administrative law, industrial relations and discrimination issues.

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