Edwina Kaupa

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Edwina Kaupa

Edwina Kaupa

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Biography

Edwina Kaupa is an employment and labour lawyer based in Melbourne.

Edwina has a particular focus on investigation work and ensuring that processes followed, evidence gathered and subsequent findings made would, as far as reasonably possible, withstand scrutiny and challenge. This includes ensuring clients follow appropriate processes that affords all employees involved natural justice and ensure that all matters are dealt with in a sensitive and confidential manner. 

Her employment law experience includes advising clients on transfer of business arrangements, appropriate consultation in restructuring and redundancies and enterprise bargaining and negotiations.

Edwina has extensive experience drafting contracts and enterprise agreements ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and relevant industrial instruments, which require her to effectively read, interpret and ensure appropriate application of relevant legislation and other industrial instruments.

Edwina previously worked for a Victorian Statutory Authority where she managed the Ethical Standards Unit as part of the broader in house legal team.  Prior to that Edwina spent over ten years in a boutique workplace relations consulting firm.


Professional experience

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  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade – managed Ethical Standards Unit which included complex case management of workplace behavioural issues (including ensuring alignment with internal policies, enterprise agreements and relevant legislation) and case management of employment related litigation (including consideration of associated risks and recommended appropriate action).  Edwina's management responsibility included oversight of investigation processes, both internal and external, to ensure that findings and outcomes were sound on the basis of the evidence gathered and processes followed.  In at least one circumstance this included management of a highly confidential and sensitive matter that she briefed the CEO on directly. 
  • National Disability Insurance Agency – consideration of and provision of advice regarding discrimination claim under the Disability Discrimination Act. 
  • Department of Health and Human Services – case management of complex unfair dismissal arbitration in the Fair Work Commission. The matter was particularly complex because the applicant was unrepresented and failed to meet timelines. Edwina prepared witness statements for senior DHHS managers. The claim resolved successfully for DHHS.
  • Department of Health and Human Services – acting in relation to discrimination claims including in relation to disability and carer/pregnancy status in Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Australian Human Rights Commission.  This included preparing advice, considering deficiencies in the pleadings, preparing correspondence to applicants.
  • Confidential Government Agency – acting in a Federal Court matter involving a claim for compensation arising from alleged retaliatory action under the Public Interest Disclosure Act. A decision is currently pending.
  • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – various complex investigations related to misconduct.
  • Queensland Rail – various complex investigations related to misconduct and fraud, and in relation to the determination of workers' compensation claims.
  • Stadiums Queensland – assistance with various industrial matters including enterprise bargaining which involved the review, interpretation and alignment of relevant industrial instruments within policy frameworks and in accordance with relevant legislation.
  • Powerlink – various complex investigations related to misconduct, and in relation to the determination of workers' compensation claims, and assistance with general industrial relations matters.
  • Unitywater – advice and assistance in relation to defending against workers' compensation claims.
  • Sunwater – review of policies and procedures within relevant statutory framework.