Andrew Stewart

Professor Andrew Stewart

The John Bray Professor of Law

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Andrew is the John Bray Professor of Law. His main interests lie in employment law and workplace relations, but he also has expertise in contract law. His most recent books include Contract Law: Principles and Context and new editions of Stewart’s Guide to Employment Law, Creighton and Stewart’s Labour Law and Intellectual Property in Australia, as well as Cooperation at Work: How Tribunals Can Help Transform Workplaces and two co-edited collections, Internships, Employability and the Search for Decent Work Experience, and The Wages Crisis in Australia. He is part of several teams awarded Australian Research Council funding, including Discovery Grants to examine the regulation of post-secondary work experience and the organisation of work through digital platforms. His current research includes analysing the regulation of work performed by children or volunteers, as well as the impact of recent and proposed reforms to the Fair Work Act.

Besides working as a consultant with the national law firm Piper Alderman, Andrew has provided expert advice to the International Labour Organization, to federal and State governments in Australia and to a wide range of other organisations. His work has included major reports commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Department of Employment and the International Labour Organization on internships and work experience, by the Fair Work Commission on equal remuneration claims, and by the Victorian Government on digital platform work. He also advised the federal government on the drafting and structure of the Fair Work legislation.

Andrew is an Adjunct Professor with QUT's Centre for Decent Work and Industry, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He has previously been Chair of the Committee of Australian Law Deans and President of the Australian Labour Law Association, the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, and the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia. Before taking up his current post he worked at the University of Sydney and at Flinders University, where he was Dean of Law.

Research Interests

  • Employment law and workplace relations
  • Contract law
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Adjunct Professor Queensland University of Technology
    2008 - ongoing John Bray Professor of Law University of Adelaide
    1998 - ongoing Legal Consultant Piper Alderman
    1994 - 2007 Professor of Law Flinders University
    1991 - 1994 Associate Professor of Law Flinders University
    1990 - 1991 Senior Lecturer in Law University of Sydney
    1987 - 1989 Lecturer in Law University of Sydney
    1985 - 1986 Lecturer in Law University of Adelaide
    1982 - 1984 Tutor in Law University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Oxford University United Kingdom BA (Juris), BCL
  • Research Interests

Research Funding      
  • Paula McDonald; Robyn Mayes; Damian Oliver and Andrew Stewart (CIs), ARC Discovery Project, Working the Gig Economy: The Organisation of Digital Platform Work, DP180101191, $250,219, 2018–20
  • Andrew Mowbray, Philip Chung, Andrew Stewart, Graeme Orr, Anna Chapman, Shae McCrystal, Mark Bray, Peter Sheldon, Michael O’Donnell, Jill Murray, Michael Rawling and Anthony O’Donnell (CIs), ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant, Comprehensive Free Access to Australian Industrial and Workplace Law, LE170100099, $450,000, 2017
  • Rosemary Owens, Andrew Stewart, Anne Hewitt and Joanna Howe (CIs), ARC Discovery Project, Work Experience: Labour Law at the Intersection of Work and Education, DP150104516, $207,200, 2015–18
  • Mark Bray, Johanna Macneil and Andrew Stewart (CIs), ARC Linkage Project, Facilitating Workplace Change: Redefining the Role of Industrial Tribunals in Australia, LP140100696, $117,000, 2014–16 (with Fair Work Commission and Newcastle Branch Industrial Relations Society of NSW as industry partners)
  • Sue Richardson, Keith Hancock and Andrew Stewart (CIs), ARC Linkage Project, The Award Safety Net of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, LP0454351, $70,668, 2004–06 (with Australian Industrial Relations Commission as industry partner)
Recent Major Research Contracts
  • Department of Employment (with Damian Oliver, Paula McDonald and Anne Hewitt), national survey of unpaid work experience (2016)
  • Fair Work Commission (with Meg Smith and Robyn Layton QC), research report on equal remuneration (2013)
  • Fair Work Ombudsman (with Rosemary Owens), report on regulation of unpaid work experience  (2012–13)
  • International Labour Organisation, National Profile for Australia on Employment Termination (2010)
  • Department of  Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (through Piper Alderman), advice on drafting and structure of Fair Work legislation (2008–09)
  • NSW Commission for Children and Young People, report on development of model child employment laws (2008)

Teaching Interests

  • Employment/workplace law
  • Contract law


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Criminalising Wage Theft: Comparative Insights from Australia, Norway and the United States for an International Response Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Irene Angela Nikoloudakis
    2020 Principal Supervisor Making contractual remedies more accessible in the construction industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Ansar Rana
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Efficacy of Trade Union Rights of Entry Under the Fair Work Act Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Katherine Sarah McFarlane
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Terms Implied by Law into Employment Contracts: Rethinking their Rationale Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Gabrielle Elisabeth Golding
    2014 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Codifying Contract Law in Australia: Issues and Obstacles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time John Anthony Eldridge
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Globalisation and the Regulation of Professional Baseball: A Search for Labour Mobility? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Matthew Nichol
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor For Your Consideration: Old Rules, Practical Benefit and a New Approach to Contractual Variation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Mark Giancaspro
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor A Proposal for Harmonisation of Security Payment Legislation in the Australian Building and Construction Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Jeremy Keith Coggins
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Employment Law Initiatives Work Care and Diversity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Anna-Louise Margaret Chapman
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2010 - ongoing Member Australian Academy of Law -
    2007 - ongoing Board Member Australian Labour Law Association -
    1992 - ongoing Member Law Society of South Australia -
    1987 - ongoing Member Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association -
    1987 - ongoing Member Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand -
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Board Member Labour & Industry - -
    2013 - ongoing Editor Australian Journal of Labour Law - -
    2002 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Contract Law - -
  • Position: The John Bray Professor of Law
  • Phone: 83134445
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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