Steven Moore QC
Steven Moore QC is a leading barrister in the area of employment and workplace relations.
Steven came to the Bar in 1998 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2014. He has more than 20 years experience as a lawyer representing and advising clients in all aspects of employment and workplace relations law. Steven was named as one of Victoria’s leading senior counsel in the 2016 Doyle’s Guide of leading employment and industrial relations barristers.
Steven regularly appears in trial and appellate matters in the Federal Court of Australia and in the Fair Work Commission. He represents and advises individuals, employers, unions, regulators and governments in matters involving employment, industrial, contract and discrimination law. He also practises in constitutional law, judicial review and sport law.
Steven has appeared in a number of major test cases and award review proceedings in the Fair Work Commission. He has also acted as Chairperson of internal appeal committees and tribunals in the higher education sector and for sporting bodies. Steven has also been briefed as a mediator in complex industrial and employment disputes.
Bachelor of Economics (Honours)
Bachelor of Law (Honours)
Master of Arts (Honours)
Vice President, Industrial Bar Association
Member of Editorial Board of “Workplace Review” (Thomson Reuters)
Member, Australian Labour Law Association
AREAS OF PRACTICE
INDUSTRIAL & BARGAINING DISPUTES
Steven advises and represents clients in the Fair Work Commission in bargaining disputes arising under the Fair Work Act 2009. He also appears in the Federal Court of Australia in interlocutory proceedings and at trial in proceedings relating to the taking of industrial action.
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT & ADVERSE ACTION
Steven practises extensively in what is now the General Protections regime established by the Fair Work Act 2009, principally in the Federal Court of Australia and in proceedings relating to termination of employment.
STATUTORY AND AWARD COMPLIANCE
Steven prosecutes and defends a wide range of claims for breach of award and industrial laws. He has extensive experience in advising employers, regulators and unions about compliance with workplace laws.
Steven advises and represents clients in Federal and State jurisdictions in relation to discrimination and harassment complaints including in the fields of employment and education.
EMPLOYMENT & CONTRACT DISPUTES
Steven advises and represents clients in relation to all employment related disputes including bullying claims, disputes under grievance procedures and contractual claims.
Steven appeared in the High Court of Australia in the Work Choices Case (2006) 229 CLR 1 and in proceedings involving s 109 of the Constitution (Jemena Asset Management (No. 3) Pty Ltd v CoInvest Ltd (2011) 244 CLR 508).
He has also advised State governments in relation to the referral of industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth.
MAJOR AWARD PROCEEDINGS & TEST CASES
Steven has appeared in a number of major test cases and award proceedings in the Fair Work Commission including the Equal Remuneration Case (2012) 208 IR 446; the Modern Awards Review 2012 – Junior Rates (2014) 241 IR 243; andthe Modern Awards Review 2012 – Penalty Rates (2013) 231 IR 361. He is appearing in the current 4 yearly review of Modern Awards (Penalty Rates) (AM2014/305).
APPEALS & JUDICIAL REVIEW
Steven has an established practice representing clients in the Federal Court of Australia in proceedings seeking judicial review of decisions of the Fair Work Commission. He also appears in appeal proceedings before the Fair Work Commission.
MEDIATION, INQUIRIES & DOMESTIC TRIBUNALS
Steven has been engaged as a private mediator in a number of employment and industrial disputes. He also regularly appears for parties in mediations.
Steven has appeared in the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry (2001) and in the current Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
Steven has also chaired review tribunals in the higher education sector and those established by Football Federation Australia and Football Federation Victoria.
Linkhill v The Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate  HCATrans 340 (11 December 2015)
Linkhill Pty Ltd v Director of Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate  FCAFC 99
FBIS International Protective Services (Aust) Pty Ltd v Fair Work Commission  FCAFC 90
Short v Ambulance Victoria  FCAFC 55
Short v Ambulance Victoria  FCA 3
National Retail Association v Fair Work Commission (2014) 225 FCR 15
Financial Services Council Ltd v Industry Super Australia Pty Ltd (2014) 222 FCR 455
Maritime Union of Australia v DP World Melbourne Ltd  FCA 1321
Maritime Union of Australia v DP World Melbourne Ltd  FCA 134
Transport Workers’ Union of Australia v Linfox Australia Pty Ltd (2014) 318 ALR 54
National Tertiary Education Industry Union v Swinburne University of Technology  FCA 606
Farstad Shipping (Indian Pacific) Pty Ltd v Maritime Union of Australia  FWC 8130
Wells v Fair Work Ombudsman  FCAFC 47
Leyshan v Wyndham City Council  FWC 7094
Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia v Gray (2012) 207 FCR 548
Gray v Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia  FCA 380
Fair Work Ombudsman v Maclean Bay Pty Ltd (2012) 200 FCR 57
Fair Work Ombudsman v Maclean Bay Pty Ltd (No. 2)  FCA 557
Fair Work Ombudsman v Al Hilfi  FCA 1166
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Attn: Steven Moore QC
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