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Jan Marsh Senior Consultant

Jan Marsh left her role as Deputy President with the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) in March 2008, after almost two decades of distinguished service with that tribunal and its predecessors. At the time of her departure she was the most senior female member of the AIRC.

Jan graduated from Monash University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Economics. She joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in 1970 as a research assistant and presented the ACTU’s submissions in the 1978 Maternity Leave Test Case —the first woman advocate in the history of the ACTU to present a major test case submission.

In 1979 she was promoted to research officer and advocate, during which time she presented most of the ACTU’s submissions in national wage and major industry cases until joining the AIRC.

Throughout her time with the AIRC, Jan served as an industry panel head, chaired a number of AIRC committees and was involved in many significant cases, including national wage cases.

A member of the first all-female Full Bench in 1989, she also played significant roles in the 1994 Family Leave Test Case and the 2002–2004 Redundancy Case. From 2003 to 2005 she conducted extensive conciliation with the parties in the Family Provisions Test Case refining the issues in dispute and achieving agreement on a number of matters.

As an AIRC Deputy President, then Senior Deputy President, Jan dealt with a wide range and large number of workplace disputes and unfair dismissals. Jan’s reputation and the high regard in which she is held is a validation of her finely honed skills as a conciliator and mediator and as one who understands and can assist in workplace and industrial issues.

HBA clients can benefit from Jan’s extensive experience, and the high regard in which she is held by IR professionals and the wider community by accessing the HBA Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Consulting Expertise

Workplace Mediation & Conciliation

Jan is available to undertake consultancies, including:

  • Mediation of employment disputes and situations — when two or more parties require assistance to resolve issues.
  • Conciliation between disputing parties to fully understand each other's position, and develop a way forward to resolve the dispute, including chairing agreement making sessions.


29 Somerville,
PH : 02 6247 4490