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Damien Payard


Senior Associate - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Workplace Relations & Safety


Damien is a Senior Associate in our Workplace Relations & Safety group.  He has experience in employment and industrial relations law, workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, defamation and general litigation.  He has acted for private and public clients in various industries across federal and state jurisdictions and has advocacy experience in the Federal Circuit Court and Fair Work Commission.


Damien’s experience includes:

  • acting for regulatory bodies in workplace health and safety litigation in the Industrial Magistrates Court of Queensland and in employment litigation in the Full Court of the Federal Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court
  • acting for an employer in proceedings regarding breaches of employment contract and defamation
  • acting for employers and employees in unfair dismissal and general protection proceedings in the Fair Work Commission
  • undertaking workplace investigations into allegations of inappropriate workplace conduct and behaviour
  • advising employers on a range of workplace matters including obligations arising from the Fair Work Act 2009 and other industrial relations and anti-discrimination legislation
  • advising employers on workplace health and safety policies and practices. 


01 December 2020 - Knowledge

Understanding the public service disciplinary framework

#Workplace Relations & Safety, #Government

We discuss the strict disciplinary and performance management procedures that public service employers must follow as a result of recent amendments to Queensland’s public service law.

15 September 2020 - Knowledge

Queensland criminalises wage theft

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Queensland employers who deliberately underpay workers could be jailed for up to 10 years or face unlimited fines under new Queensland laws, which passed with bi-partisan support.

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