This unit investigates the nature of industrial relations in Australia and critically reviews the interface between industrial relations institutions, workplaces and employment outcomes. Through analysis, debate and critical reflection, students will exhibit professional attributes of ethical practice, respect for cultural diversity, and consideration of local and global contexts and individual and public good when exploring the complexity of: causes and management of industrial conflict; employment regulation in Australia, management employee relations strategies; the role of unions and governments; industrial tribunals; and enterprise bargaining.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify professional judgement in identifying, deconstructing and solving a broad range of complex problems, creating new strategies and drawing on in-depth specialist knowledge, reflection and evaluation with regards to the framework of industrial relations in Australia;  
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the key processes of industrial relations at the workplace level and their relationships to the institutions;  
  3. Critique and reflect upon the current and emerging industrial relations trends and debate their impact on the parties, processes and rules of Australian industrial relations; and  
  4. Advocate conclusions to and justify professional decision-making to inter-disciplinary audiences demonstrating a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for both personal outcomes and those of the group.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral presentation addressing Industrial relations issues. (Group Oral Presentation) 20%
Literature Review Key trends and issues related to industrial relations 30%
Project Research project addressing industrial relations issues 50%

Required reading

Employment Relations: Theory and Practice, 4th edition,
Bray, M, Waring, P, Cooper, R, Macneil, J, 2017,
McGraw-Hill, Sydney.

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