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At WilliamsonBarwick, our most important value is respect. We’re here to listen and support you, and to help ensure that everyone involved is afforded respect and dignity.

Employers that are covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHADS Award) operate in a challenging industrial environment. The SCHADS Award is complex, and is a complex instrument, but forms a critical part of the context for employment in the sector.

Employers in the ‘SCHADS sector’ face a range of issues throughout the lifecycle of employing staff, including: pre-employment screening; compliance with the SCHADS Award and employment legislation like the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and anti-discrimination legislation; performance management of staff; and, compliance with industry-specific legislation such as that relating to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

WilliamsonBarwick has a wealth of experience in assisting employers in the SCHADS sector, by providing employment advice; interpretation of the SCHADS Award; representation in employment disputes; drafting of employment agreements, policies and procedures; advice on work, health and safety; and conducting workplace investigations.

A Critical Risk Assessment For Your Business

In recent years there has been a sharp, public focus on employers who have underpaid staff or engaged in other unlawful behaviour. Employers large and small have been required to compensate employees and pay significant penalties as a result of enforcement action. The trend in Employment Law is one of ever-growing complexity and rapid change. Most compliance problems arise out of inadvertence and are not deliberate, but nonetheless pose significant legal, financial and reputational risk to an organisation.


Employment Law can be complicated. A sound understanding is required of how the law of contract and employment statutes intersect and inform your rights and duties. So our goal is to provide legal advice that is clear, timely and concise. As specialists, we understand and can explain how the law applies to your situation and what your legal options are.

Workplace Investigation

When a serious allegation is made in the workplace, it may be necessary to appoint an external investigator to determine the facts so you know what action to take. WilliamsonBarwick can appoint an investigator for you and oversee the investigation process, so as to provide you with confidential legal advice on the investigator’s findings.

Employment Disputes

Disputes with employees can be costly, distracting and stressful for management and employees alike. You can’t always avoid a dispute arising, but with our help you can implement a strategy to resolve the problem in a timely manner and minimise disruption to your business.





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