Widely recognised as one of the most influential professionals in workplace relations, Stephen Smith leads a team of the country’s finest workplace relations and advocacy professionals. He represents the Australian Industry Group and its members in major Fair Work Commission cases including annual wage reviews, award reviews, appeals and test cases. He has also been involved in significant cases in the Federal and High Court. His rare calibre of expertise sees him regularly involved in representing industry to Governments and Oppositions, during union campaigns, at Royal Commissions and numerous other inquiries.
Stephen is also Head of National Workplace Relations Policy of the Australian Industry Group, which protects and promotes the interests of members and industry during policy development and advocacy. He is a longstanding member of the Federal Government’s Committee on Industrial Legislation (COIL), which scrutinises workplace relations legislation before it is introduced into Parliament. Working closely with Ai Group’s legal and policy staff across the country, he keeps attuned with members’ challenges, while advising the team on the latest policy developments and issues that need to be factored into advice and strategies.