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Andrew Tobin - Partner

Andrew Tobin Andrew advises on all aspects of workplace law, equal opportunity and discrimination law, safety and privacy.

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The head of HopgoodGanim’s Industrial and Employment Law practice, Andrew advises clients on all aspects of workplace law, equal opportunity and discrimination law, safety and privacy.

From front-end bargaining and agreement composition to dispute management, Andrew has extensive experience advising across a broad range of sectors, including resources and energy, manufacturing (e.g. consumer goods and medical devices), hospitality and others with large workforces.

Andrew’s practice includes auditing and reporting on the industrial arrangements of workplaces for compliance against current and incoming safety net requirements, and against a range of compliance and common law risks.

Andrew is a current member of the Australian and Queensland Industrial Relations Societies and is an approved mediator with the Queensland Law Society. An accomplished speaker and writer in the employment law arena, Andrew has previously contributed to National Workplace Relations, a Thomson Lawbook Co publication.  He was named by Best Lawyers International: Australia 2016, 2018 and 2019 as a leading Australian Employee Benefits lawyer, and also as a leading Labour and Employment Law in 2018 and 2019. 

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Areas of Practice

  • Advising a range of resources and energy employers, such as Bow Energy, Bandanna Energy, Metallica Minerals, Blackwood Corporation, Macarthur Minerals and Hot Rock, on the management of their workforces, including in connection with industrial safety net issues.
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields on its collective agreement for the workforce at one of its mine sites, including preparing a suite of employment documents including standard terms and conditions of employment across the workforce, and establishing a management system for its documentation.
  • Developing standard service contract documents for Carabella Resources for the engagement of service providers in connection with proposed coal mining activities.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of medical devices on all aspects of industrial and employment law issues affecting its Australian operations, and assisting to negotiate and draft three generations of collective agreements, the most recent approved by Fair Work Australia in 2011, for more than 400 Australian employees.
  • Representing one of the world’s leading drink manufacturers in the certification of its Queensland union collective agreement for its manufacturing workforce.
  • Representing the operator of a landmark hotel on the Gold Coast in a major fraud investigation.
  • Advising a telecommunications entity on matters relating to former employees, departing employees and new employees, including preparing an executive employment contract for senior employees.
  • Advising one of Queensland’s largest private schools on the successful resolution of a complaint made against the school to the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission by a former staff member.