In common with courts and tribunals in other developed countries, Australia has experienced the rise of the self-represented litigant. This chapter examines innovations in the approaches taken by the Australian Fair Work Commission (FWC), the national employment relations tribunal, in responding to the growing number of self-represented employers and employees appearing before it or seeking redress. In particular, the chapter explores and discusses the shift towards alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and an increasing number of self-help initiatives in the context of the growing individualization of the Australian labour market and the consequent rise of self-represented litigants before the tribunal. These changes are reshaping the role of the tribunal as a third party in Australian workplace conflict resolution.
|Title of host publication||Reframing Resolution|
|Subtitle of host publication||Innovation and Change in the Management of Workplace Conflict|
|Editors||Richard Saundry, Paul Latreille, Ian Ashman|
|Place of Publication||London UK|
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|