Ruchi Bhatt

Special Counsel

Ruchi is Ai Group’s Principal Advocate.

Since 2014, she has regularly represented Ai Group and its members before the Fair Work Commission, including by playing a leading role in award reviews, other award variation matters, the Annual Wage Review and other test cases.

She has significant experience in successfully advocating in support of members’ interests, often in opposition to profoundly problematic union claims. She demonstrates a deep understanding of the potential impact of changes to the safety net upon employers and the Commission’s approach to such matters. She is both persuasive and strategic in the manner in which she presents members’ concerns and perspectives to the Commission and other stakeholders.

Ruchi’s aptitude and dedication is matched by her ability to deliver practical and pragmatic advice to members in relation to a broad range of other workplace relations issues including enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes, complex award and enterprise agreement interpretation issues and managing ill and injured workers.

In particular, Ruchi works closely with members in the care and community, aviation and manufacturing sectors.