International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Sydney Attorney
Janine Smith

Phone: +61 2 9291 7100


Languages: English

Janine is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Law. She regularly advises and represents both employers and employees across the full spectrum of employment related matters including contractual drafting, negotiations and disputes; workplace investigations; restructuring and redundancy; unfair dismissal; general protections/workplace rights; discrimination; and post-employment restraints.

Janine also has extensive experience in the area of work health and safety, having previously acted for the prosecuting authority in NSW. She now advises and represents organisations and individuals facing investigation and/or prosecution following workplace incidents. She also provides seminars to employers and boards regarding compliance with WHS law, including the obligations imposed on senior managers and other officers.

Janine’s clients include a wide range of stakeholders in workplace relations – employers, employees and contractors, representative bodies, government and not-for-profit organisations.

Janine conducts litigation dealing with employment, commercial and other disputes in courts including the Federal, Supreme, Industrial and District Courts of NSW. Janine also has considerable experience in representing clients involved in disciplinary proceedings before specialist tribunals.

Areas of Practice:

  • Employment and Workplace Relations Law
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution 


  • Not-For-Profit Newsletter – September 2013
    Published 18 Sep 2013
    In this newsletter we report to you on: some recent legislative amendments concerning Australian anti-discrimination law and the impact of those changes on Commonwealth-funded religious aged care providers, the introduction from 1 October 2013 of mandatory prescribed forms for village contracts and supporting disclosure documentation under the Retirement Villages Act 1999, the recent Australian Federal decision concerning the Hunger Project where it was found that a public benevolent institution does not need to provide direct relief for poverty, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the passing of the revolutionary New South Wales Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 during NAIDOC Week, and some Good News concerning the charities Give Directly and Connecting Hands and their good works. The Carroll & O’Dea Workplace Solutions Team report in this newsletter on the anti-bullying amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 which will commence on 1 January 2014.
  • Not-For-Profit Newsletter – February 2013 (2nd Edition)
    Published 20 Feb 2013
    An update on New Workplace Gender Equality legislation.
  • Dismissed for misconduct:facing the consequences of facebook postings
    Published 07 Oct 2011
    First Published in Human Capital. Two recent decisions highlight the differing outcomes for employees who criticise their employers on social media sites outside working hours.
    Published 21 Jul 2011
    First published in Human Capital Magazine
    Published 27 Apr 2011
    It is important that employers address the reasons why some employees allow their leave to accrue, and ensure that they are aware of the circumstances in which employees may be directed to take leave or may cash out their leave.  

Key Professional Achievements:

  • Janine has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Sydney.
  • In 2012 she completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of Sydney, specialising in Workplace Relations Law.
  • Janine is an Accredited Specialist and a member of the Law Society of NSW’s Specialist Accreditation Committee for Employment and Industrial Law.
  • She is a co-convenor of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Labour Law Association and a longstanding member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW.
  • From 2000 to 2009 Janine was an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury law.

Contact This Firm

Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Level 18, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

Law Firm Contact: Selwyn Black

Tel: +61 2 9291 7100

Fax: +61 2 9221 1117



Member Since: 2014

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