In July 2015, after 28 years, Greg Smith retired from the statutory tribunal in Australia that is charged with fixing wages and salaries for employees in the Australian workforce as well as conciliating, mediating and arbitrating both interest and rights disputes. Mr. Smith was appointed to the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in 1987. Prior to that, he had represented the interests of employers in labour relations matters at the national level for 10 years.
During his time in the Commission, Mr. Smith was involved in resolving industrial disputes in the following sectors:
He also has extensive overseas experience in advising on dispute resolution mechanisms as well as presenting papers on the Australian legal system. His work has taken him to South Africa, China, Singapore, as well as the United Nations.
For his contribution to industrial relations, Mr. Smith was awarded an Australian Honour in 2008 and made a Member of the Order of Australia.
Members of the Australian Industrial Tribunal, now called the Fair Work Commission, hold tenure and must retire at age 65. Mr. Smith now consults under the trading name of G R Smith & Associates.
In addition, Mr Smith was appointed to the Board of Directors of Ambulance Victoria which is responsible for providing emergency ambulance service to the people of Victoria in Australia. He has also been appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria. The CFA involves both volunteer and career firefighters in protecting lives and property through both fire suppression and basic emergency medical response.
From August 2017, Mr Smith was also appointed to the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board. The Board is responsible for the Melbourne Zoo, the Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.