INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia (8)


The background and history of Australian industrial relations are covered in this subject in order to understand the contemporary scene. The main players, their structures, activities and roles are studied together with the institutions and processes which constitute industrial relations in Australia. Industrial relations outcomes and the relationships to other aspects of management are also covered. This subject provides the necessary foundation for further studies in industrial relations.

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Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session.HD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge in this subject is equivalent to that covered in MGT100

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define industrial relations as a discipline of study and identify other disciplines which the industrial relations discipline reaches into, such as human resource management;
  • be able to identify the main participants of the Australian industrial relations system;
  • be able to identify, explain and critique the Australian industrial relations system including its constraints and processes;
  • be able to identify core theories of industrial relations and explain their significance to contemporary Australian industrial relations themes, debates and controversies;
  • be able to apply these theories and debates to their own employment and workplace experiences; and
  • be able to identify, explain, apply and evaluate some of the knowledge and skills for the practical aspects of labour and management relations, including those that pertain to collective bargaining, dispute conciliation, trade union intervention and formal arbitration.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definitions and history: what is industrial relations; development of Australian industrial relations; conflict and conflict theories; and theories of power and powerlessness.
  • The participants: trade unions; employers; government; and institutions.
  • The processes: arbitration and conciliation; and enterprise bargaining.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.