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While Drayton’s has earned itself a reputation for successfully drafting, developing and negotiating enterprise agreements, the team also undertakes a broad range of HR and employee relations services for clients, including:

  • Researching market and industry wage and remuneration outcomes

  • Labour cost analysis for tenders

  • Drafting Employee Relations Management Plans and Industrial Relations strategy for tenders

  • Developing and reviewing workplace policies and plans (i.e. Drug and Alcohol testing, Right of Entry, Harassment and Bullying)

  • Providing advice and representation on discrimination, harassment and dismissal matters

  • Developing contracts of employment and position descriptions

  • Coordinating subcontractors for industrial relations and human resource issues for construction and engineering projects

  • Undertaking workplace investigations

  • Assessment of compliance with Codes of Practice and employment legislation

  • Research and advice on Industrial Relations trends

Drayton’s diverse experience has seen us work with some of Australia’s leading companies, on a range of significant projects, providing advice and support services in industrial relations and employment matters. Current clients include:

  • Contractors - civil and mechanical engineering

  • Civil Contractors Federation

  • Projects including:

    • Pacific Highway Upgrade – Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads

    • Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

    • Legacy Way Tunnel Brisbane

    • Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage I

    • Port of Melbourne – Port Capacity Project

    • Queensland Children’s Hospital

    • Brisbane City Hall Restoration

    • CSG Upstream Projects

    • LNG Gas Pipeline projects in Queensland

    • Curtis Island LNG Plant – Gladstone

    • Hay Point Expansion – Mackay

Drayton’s provides also provides a contractor governance service for project management and/or project owners. The service provides advice and management of contractors' industrial relations arrangements to ensure that the project receives the optimum value in terms of labour cost in conjunction with compliant and contemporary industrial relations and employment practices. We provide this service to our clients as a part of an overall risk mitigation strategy.


Drayton’s can provide a comprehensive service over the life of a project that incorporates the various activities or stages of project management. The following services have been provided on current and recently completed projects:


  • Research on market and industry wage/remuneration outcomes on various contractor sectors and packages.

  • Research and advice on Industrial Relations trends.

  • Project planning in respect of contracting/subcontracting.

  • Assessment and auditing of potential or current subcontractors for Industrial Relations compliance, capacity and management.

  • Ensuring alignment with project management industrial relations objectives.

  • Management of subcontractors to ensure compliance with the and State Codes of Practice.

  • Pre-mobilisation briefings of contractors and/or subcontractors.

  • Auditing of compliance with payroll and employment legislation.

  • Coordination and management of contractors and/or subcontractors for industrial relations and human resource issues for construction and engineering projects.

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