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Bryan Belling

Fax +61.2.9513.2399
Mr. Belling focuses in industrial relations and employment law. He has 25 years experience and has appeared before both Australian State and Federal Courts and Industrial Tribunals in all aspects of public and private sector employment, industrial relations and safety law. He has acted for all tiers of government including local government and government agencies and State owned corporations. Mr. Belling regularly appears as an advocate, in Courts and Industrial Tribunals as well as statutory tribunals such as the Independent Commission Against Corruption.


  • Listed in Best Lawyers (2015 and 2019) for Labour and Employment Law and Occupation Health & Safety Law
  • Specialist accreditation Employment and Industrial Law - Law Society of New South Wales

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Human Resources Institute member
  • Australian Labour Law Association, member
  • Australian Insurance Law Association, member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Investigating and curbing discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace", HR Law Masterclass, October 24, 2012
  • "All aspects of Employment Industrial and Safety Law (Chairman)", IES conference, March 22 - 23, 2012
  • "Social Media at Work" HR Masterclass, October 24, 2012
  • "Performance Management", Intrepid Minds, November 22, 2012

Additional Information

  • "Our peculiar institution", Australasian Legal Business, August 2012
  • "Bring back the arbitration factor", The Australian Financial Review, March 3, 2011
  • "Our Peculiar Institution", Australian Legal Business, August 2012
Test cases include:
  • Superannuation (as an industrial issue). This foundation decision resulted in industrial tribunals taking jurisdiction with respect to employer contributed superannuation.
  • Superannuation (freedom of choice). This lead decision gave employees' an ability to choose their own fund and provided for the default fund regime, absent choice being exercised.
  • Modern Awards (private education).
  • The first two ACTU test cases on equal pay for work of equal value. This established the pay equity principles in Australian law under the International Labour Organisation treaty obligations.
  • Acting for seven State owned corporations in the New South Wales State decision on, the use of casual labour; contracting out and use of labour hire, resulting in the Industrial Commission declining to restrict these practices.