Joanna has over 30 years experience in private legal practice, initially practising in personal injury law acting for the Transport Accident Commission, the Victorian WorkCover Authority and various Public Liability Insurers, then moving in the 90s to more general employment law, including conducting large breach of employment contract actions for CEOs, advising, representing and conducting training for Employers including many local councils, Victorian Government Departments and many private sector businesses in all aspects of employment law, advising and representing employers in multiple different industries in relation to occupational health and safety issues and prosecutions.
From July 1993 to July 2004 Joanna was a Partner at Maddocks, Lawyers, including being Pro Bono Partner for many years. She commenced Betteridge Legal Consulting, a specialised workplace and OHS legal practice and consultancy, in 2004 as a move to a more portfolio practice. She qualified as a Mediator in 2004 and has since then conducted many mediations and facilitated discussions.
Having commenced lecturing for Monash University in 2005, Joanna is now a Senior Fellow at Monash University, lecturing in its Law Faculty at post graduate level in the Workplace area. Joanna lectures in The Law of Workforce Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Discrimination Law and Human Rights at Work and Workplace Investigations and Misconduct.
Joanna is an experienced Non Executive Director and Chair having held Board positions since 2003. She currently Chairs one Not for Profit organisation and is Vice Chair for another.
- Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (major in psychology) – Melbourne University
- Master of Laws – Melbourne University, completed in 2001, focussing on labour relations law
- Admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor April 1985
- Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law (1993 – 2004)
- Accredited Mediator registered under the Mediation Act 1997 (ACT) (Accreditation by LEADR in 2004)
- AICD Company Directors Course Diploma 2004
- Advisory Panel for the Monash University Law Faculty Master of Laws coursework program specialising in Workplace and Employment Law
- Chair of the Board of TEAR Australia (a global overseas aid organisation) and former Chair of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee
- Vice Chair of the Board of Light Melbourne Inc (community radio station Light FM) and member of its Finance Committee
- Past Board Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Melbourne City Mission (2004 – 2013)
- Past Board member and Chair of Audit Committee of Austin Health (2003 – 2011)
- Australian Labour Law Association
- Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (IRSV)
- LEADR/IAMA – Association of Dispute Resolvers
- Law Institute of Victoria
- Graduate member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Some Examples of Recent Work Undertaken
- Conducted many Workplace Investigations and Reviews, for private and public sector clients including many not for profit organisations, including investigating allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace violence, unlawful behaviour, breakdowns in group working relationships and general breaches of Codes of Conduct and organisational policies;
- Drafting Employment Agreements for CEO’s and adaptable templates for all staff positions;
- Advising on performance management steps including drafting of processes and appropriate documentation;
- Advice and representation regarding defending and lodging complaints regarding bullying and harassment claims by way of unfair dismissal claims, adverse action claims, discrimination claims and Fair Work Commission complaints;
- Advising and Representing clients in relation to Discrimination and sexual harassment claims in relation to work situations, access to public areas in buildings and in relation to sport;
- Advising employers in relation to options concerning Termination of Employment issues including drafting appropriate processes and documentation and providing advice concerning difficult conversations;
- Drafting Occupational health and safety policies and procedures and Advising, Training and Representing Employers and Officers in relation to potential prosecutions;
- Advising in relation to Fitness to Work and workplace injury claims, including advising on the management of an employee suffering a significant degenerative illness;
- Conducing Facilitated discussions for employees and groups of employees who have suffered a breakdown in their working relationships.
- Joanna is a contributing author to the LexisNexis publication – National Work Health and Safety Law.