Barriers to participation: what would make a difference and would it work?

Symposium, 22 May 2019, 8.30am-6.30pm


-- Invitation only --

This symposium considered how to overcome barriers to participation in resolving employment relationship problems – in the direct discussions between workers and employers, in attending mediation and in taking part in authority or court proceedings.

Presentations from an earlier symposium, held in September 2018, discussed the problem caused by those barriers to participation are available.

At May 2019 symposium, the focus was on what strategies and practical solutions could assist with overcoming the barriers to participation. What would make a difference? Would it work?

Members of the community sector, academics, employment lawyers, advocates, union and business representatives, mediators, Authority members and judges were present. Speakers presented a range of experiences and their papers would be published later to further stimulate discussion and research.

This symposium was hosted by AUT’s NZ Work Research Institute and Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work with the support of the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.


Royal Society Te Apārangi
11 Turnbull Street
Thorndon, Wellington