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About Anthony Forsyth

I’m a Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. I teach and research on all aspects of work and the law, specialising in collective bargaining, the regulation of trade unions, labour hire and the gig economy.

Right now, I’m writing a book: The Future of Unions and Worker Representation: The Digital Picket Line (Hart Publishing, intended publication late 2021).

I am Vice-President of the Australian Labour Law Association @AusLabourLaw – and in 2015-16, I was Chair of the Victorian Government Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry & Insecure Work.

Contact me at: anthony.forsyth@rmit.edu.au and follow me on Twitter @AnthonyForsyt10 

Position: Professor
College / Portfolio: Business
School / Department: Graduate School of Business and Law
Campus: Melbourne City Campus
Contact me about: Research contracts, PhD supervision and Media requests

Research Interests

  • Employment law
  • Workplace relations law
  • Trade unions/future of unions
  • Industrial disputes
  • Collective bargaining, union recognition and good faith bargaining
  • Workplace dispute resolution and dispute prevention
  • Comparative labour law
  • Labour hire
  • Workplace privacy/social media

Professor Forsyth is available to undertake commissioned research in these research areas
(see ‘Commissioned Research’ section below).

Commissioned Research

  • Anthony Forsyth and Industrial Relations Victoria, Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work: Final Report, Victorian Government, Melbourne, 31 August 2016, 418 pages
  • Anthony Forsyth and Industrial Relations Victoria, Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work: Confidential Interim Report, Victorian Government, Melbourne, April 2016
  • Anthony Forsyth and Industrial Relations Victoria, Background Paper for the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, Victorian Government, Melbourne, 16 October 2015
  • Anthony Forsyth, Review of the Fair Work Commission Panel System: Caseload Allocation in Collective Matters, Interim Report, August 2015; and Final Report, February 2016
  •  Anthony Forsyth, Australian Report for the International Labour Organization on Performance of Prevention and Resolution Mechanisms and Processes for Individual Labour Disputes, February 2015
  • Anthony Forsyth, ILO Fact Sheet – Good Faith Bargaining, External Collaboration Contract for the International Labour Office, Geneva, 2014
  • Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan, John Howe and Ingrid Landau, Fair Work Australia’s Influence in the Enterprise Bargaining Process, Fair Work Australia Research Partnership Project, Final Report, 30 September 2012, i-xi, 168 pages (published by the Fair Work Commission on 22 February 2013, available at: http://www.fwc.gov.au/index.cfm?pagename=admingmreporting&page=research#research2015)
  • Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan, John Howe and Ingrid Landau, Fair Work Australia’s Influence in the Enterprise Bargaining Process: Summary of Preliminary Data Analysis, Fair Work Australia Research Partnership Project, Interim Report, 31 July 2012, 37 pages
  • Alex Bukarica and Andrew Dallas, with Anthony Forsyth (consulting editor), Promoting Good Faith Bargaining under Australia’s Fair Work Act: Lessons from the Collective Bargaining Experience in Canada and New Zealand, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Mining and Energy Division), Sydney, 2010
  • Anthony Forsyth, Promoting Cooperative Workplace Relations in the New ‘Fair Work’ System, Policy Discussion Paper for the Business Council of Australia, June 2009; released as BCA, Embedding Workplace Collaboration: Preventing Disputes, 9 August 2009
  • Anthony Forsyth and John Howe, Current Initiatives to Encourage Fair and Cooperative Workplace Practices: An International Survey, Report for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate/Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, June 2008
  • Anthony Forsyth, Protection Against Economic Dismissals: How Does Australian Law Compare with ILO Standards and Five Other OECD Countries?, Supplementary Report for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate/Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, November 2007
  • Anthony Forsyth, Freedom to Fire: Economic Dismissals under Work Choices, Report for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate/Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, August 2007
  • Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan, Marco Michelotti, Andreas Pekarek and Renee Saibi, Collective Bargaining and Union Recognition Rights: Policy Issues for Australia, Research Report for the Australian Institute of Employment Rights, April 2006
  • Anthony Forsyth, The Decline of Social Dialogue in the Australian Public Service, Monograph for the Government and Labour Law and Administration Department (GLLAD), International Labour Office, Geneva, January 2001
  • Labour Law
  • Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
  • Legal Research Project
  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

Note: Supervision projects since 2004

1 PhD Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions

Employment law, Workplace relations law, Workplace regulations & policy, Collective bargaining, Workplace dispute resolution, Comparative labour law.

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