Josh Bornstein is an employment lawyer who heads the National Employment & Industrial Law practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

He is a director of the Australia Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne and the Centre for Future Work and he is Deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Josh was the inaugural President of, an advocacy organisation for victims of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community in Australia.

He has been ranked as Victoria’s top employment lawyer for employees by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession between 2013-19 – a ranking based on peer review within the legal profession.

Recent Writing

In this age of surveillance capitalism, the law is left for dust

Can the immense power of the world’s largest oligopolies to plunder our privacy and shape our lives be reined in? In recent days, German antitrust authorities struck a modest blow in consumers’ favour. The ruling of the Federal Cartel Office will prohibit Facebook from aggregating personal information it collects from consumers with that collected by…

The Wages Crisis in Australia

I have a chapter about the changing nature of work in Australia called “Fractured Work” in the book “The Wages Crisis in Australia” published by The University of Adelaide Press. Download the Free PDF

Deep Within a Journalistic Silo

On 4 August, Sky News broadcast an interview between compere Adam Giles and former leader of the United Patriots Front, Blair Cottrell. Giles asked Cottrell whether he saw ‘a correlation between the way Australia is going and where it should go in regards to some of the arguments Donald Trump is putting out there’ about…