Sarah Gelbart

Senior Associate

Qualifications: LLB


Sarah is an experienced employment and industrial relations lawyer.  Sarah acts for a range of local and global clients across a wide range of industries in both litigious and non-litigious employment and industrial relations matters.

She advises her clients on employment rights and obligations, workplace investigations, contracts of employment, termination of employment, organisational change, redundancy, and workplace privacy issues.

Sarah also advises on the application and operation of industrial instruments, and conducts workplace training on discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment.


  • Appearing for employers in conciliations of unfair dismissal claims and general protections claims in the Fair Work Commission.
  • Advising employers on classification structures under modern awards and the interpretation of obligations under those instruments.
  • Drafting and advising employers on the implementation of enterprise agreements including providing advice in relation to disputes arising under enterprise agreements.
  • Advising both employers and individuals with respect to executive employment matters, including executive remuneration, restraint of trade and confidentiality issues.
  • Drafting and advising employers on contracts of employment.
  • Advising employers in relation to workplace investigations.
  • Advising employers in relation to disciplinary action and performance management up to and including the termination of employment of employees
  • Advising employers in relation to restructures and redundancies, including consultation and redeployment obligations.
  • Advising companies in relation to engaging independent contractors, including as to the risks of sham contracting.
  • Advising employers on, and assisting employers with, compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and various State privacy and surveillance legislation, including advising on and drafting privacy policies and internal privacy guidelines.
  • Sarah has also been assisting Australian-based companies assess whether they are captured by the new EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Latest thinking

Thinking | 18 Oct 2018

New rights for casual employees – what you need to know

From 1 October 2018 new rights that apply to casuals have come into effect which employers should be aware of.