INR503 Industrial Relations in Practice (8)

This subject focuses on the processes, practices and procedures in Australian industrial relations. Building on the institutional and theoretical foundations of the industrial relations system, students critically examine a range of interventions used in professional practice. The learning strategy in this subject emphasises the connections between theory, research and practice, and students will have the opportunity to develop and improve their professional skills in conducting industrial relations processes that support business goals.


Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INR503. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Business

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is similar to that covered in INR501.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the role of the IR practitioner, and describe the practical elements and application of industrial relations within the context of the current Australian workplace;
  • be able to critically analyse an organisation's approach to industrial relations and make recommendations for improvement using data driven, humane and ethical decision processes that align with an organisation's competitive advantage;
  • be able to compare and contrast organisational approaches to enterprise negotiations and make recommendations to facilitate agreement in a timely and amicable manner;
  • be able to evaluate tribunal practices and procedures and to make recommendations regarding preparation for presentation before a tribunal;
  • be able to employ negotiation and advocacy skills to develop grievance and resolution procedures and reflect on the importance of following due process in all areas of industrial relations; and
  • be able to utilise effective communication methods to transparently convey information on IR issues and policy to relevant stakeholders.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Role of the industrial relations practitioner and the place of the industrial relations function in the organisation
  • Industrial relations objectives and planning, which includes negotiating, bargaining and collective agreements (union and non-union)
  • Industrial relations practices and procedures including recruitment and promotion, grievances, disputes and procedural fairness, disciplinary and dismissal processes as well as redundancy and temporary stand downs
  • Industrial relations problem solving
  • Industrial advocacy and procedures
  • Internal and external communications

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INR503 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflective journal - role of the ir practitioner
Workplace grievance - role play/presentation
Bargaining case study - process, power, strategy

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.