Joseph D'Abaco Barrister

Joseph D'Abaco


Douglas Menzies Chambers

Room 0505

180 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Joseph came to the Bar in 2002. He appears primarily in the Fair Work Commission and the various Federal and State courts in matters involving all aspects of workplace law. Before coming to the Bar, Joseph practised as a solicitor in the areas of workplace relations and employment law for over 10 years at DLA Piper Australia (formerly Phillips Fox) and Andersen Legal (part of the Arthur Andersen network) in Melbourne and Sydney. His extensive experience as a solicitor means he has a keen appreciation of the requirements of solicitors and clients for accurate, timely and effective advice and representation. Joseph is also fluent in Italian.

Joseph's major areas of expertise involve advising and appearing in the following areas:

Termination of employment – unfair dismissal, unlawful termination and common law/contractual claims:

Gillam v Telstra Corporation PR946336

Hart v Kangan Batman TAFE PR947653

Allan v Australia Post PR973929

Allan v Australia Post [2007] AIRCFB 34

Sulemanovski v Aperio Group (Aust) Pty Ltd [2010] FWA 9958

Aperio Group (Aust) Pty Ltd v Sulemanovski [2011] FWAFB 1436

Applicant v Microsoft Australia Ltd [2012] FWA 3353

Margelis v Alfred Health [2012] FWA 5390

Leyshan v Wyndham City Council [2013] FWCFB 7094

Jetstar Airways Limited v Neeteson-Lemkes [2013] FWCFB 9075

Walker v Gippsland Medicare Local Limited [2013] VCC 1908

Wilson Curry Pty Ltd v McMahon [2013] FWCFB 9968

Cetin v Speedie Waste Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 6318 (10 September 2014)

Cetin v Speedie Waste Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 7579 (24 October 2014)

Guerra v Speedie Waste Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 8940 (11 December 2014)

Guerra v Speedie Waste Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 100 (13 January 2015)

Birkill v Pea in a Pod Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 2027

Unlawful industrial action, including applications to the Courts and the Fair Work Commission for interlocutory orders and other relief:

Outshine Pty Ltd v CFMEU [2004] VSC 72 

Shedden Uhde Pty Ltd v CFMEU PR970982

Industrial and employment issues, including industrial disputes and dispute settlement proceedings:

ASU v Linfox PR944204

NUW v Post Fulfilment Online P/L PR954887

CEPU v Telstra Corporation PR933892 (with F Parry QC)

CPSU v DHSV  PR963982

ASMOF v Austin Health [2009] AIRC 387

Rametta v Deakin University [2010] FWA 193

Deakin University v Rametta [2010] FWAFB 4387 (with F Parry QC)

NTEU v Victoria University [2011] FWA 769

CoINVEST Limited v Bestaff Australasia Pty Ltd [2012] VCC 1474 (with N Green QC)

CoINVEST Limited v Bestaff Australasia Pty Ltd (No. 2) [2013] VCC 74 (with N Green QC)

McMahon v Wilson Curry Pty Ltd [2013] FCCA 1743

CoINVEST Ltd v Baytech Trades Pty Ltd [2014] VCC 1555 (17 September 2014)

Baytech Trades Pty Ltd v CoINVEST Limited [2015] VSCA 342 (with N Green QC)

Application by Costa Exchange Pty Ltd for approval of the Costa (Berry Category) Enterprise Agreement 2015-2019 [2015] FWC 7101 & [2015] FWCA 8483

Australian Commercial Catering Pty Ltd v Fair Work Commission & Ors [2015] FCAFC 189

Australian Commercial Catering Pty Ltd v Powell & Togia [2016] FWCFB 5467 

CoINVEST Limited v Celsius Corporate Services Pty Ltd [2017] VCC 796

Enforcement of restrictive covenants and restraint of trade provisions against former employees, including defending such applications:

Monash Real Estate P/L v Ross [2005] VSC 116

Husqvarna Construction Products Australia P/L v McLean [2006] VSC 381 

Prosecutions by individuals and regulatory agencies involving breaches of legislative and industrial instrument obligations:

Furlong v APN Development and Delivery P/L [2005] FCA 1915

Maranoa Close (Management) Pty Ltd v Gould [2011] FCA 234 

Bayford v Maxxia Pty Ltd [2011] FMCA 202

Australian Nursing Federation v Eastern Health [2013] FCA 548

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation v Eastern Health [2013] FCAFC 137 (22 November 2013)

Fair Work Ombudsman v Bound for Glory Enterprises & Anor [2014] FCCA 432 (6 June 2014)

Fair Work Ombudsman v Zillion Zenith International Pty Ltd & Anor [2014] FCCA 433 (6 June 2014)

Tjorpatzis v E J Love & Co Pty Ltd and Anor [2016] FCCA 2735

Bell v Anglican Aged Care Services Group t/as Benetas [2017] FCCA 1050 

Rixton & Anor v Wantirna Village Services Association Inc. [2019] FCCA 312 

Equal opportunity, discrimination and sexual harassment complaints in Federal and State tribunals and Courts:

Morgan v Austin Health [2007] VCAT 2229 

Arya v KONE Elevators Pty Ltd & Anor [2020] FCCA 2693 

Arya v KONE Elevators Pty Ltd & Anor (No. 2) [2020] FCCA 3028 (Successful costs application) 

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