HRM201 Workplace Relations in Australia (8)

The area of contemporary workplace relations in Australia is examined from an employer, employee, industry association, government and union perspective in order to better understand the key stakeholders and the critical dynamics between them.  The background, history and theory of Australian workplace relations are also covered in this subject, along with international comparisons, real case studies, and the key evolutions and likely future state of play in this critical HR discipline.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define and explain workplace relations, its key stakeholders, and their role and dynamics within the employment relationship and the human resource management field;
  • be able to identify the key historical and theoretical developments in Australian workplace relations in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and contextualise how these influence the discipline today;
  • be able to compare, contrast and critique features of Australian workplace relations practices with other international markets, and with contemporary Australian expectations and realities, including possible future directions for the field; and
  • be able to reflect on and evaluate workplace relations best practices with real workplace contexts and plan and strategize changes and improvements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Workplace Relations
  • An Australian Historical Context
  • Theories of Workplace Relations
  • Employees and Workplace Relations
  • Employers and Workplace Relations
  • Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations
  • Unions and Workplace Relations
  • Industry/Business Associations and Workplace Relations
  • Governments, The Law and Workplace Relations
  • International Comparisons
  • Possible Future Evolutions


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.