HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations (8)

This subject critically examines the major elements of the Australian industrial relations system. Students will systematically study the parties, processes and outcomes of Australia's industrial relations system, paying particular attention to the intersection with an organisation's strategic goals.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate Students Only

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is equivalent to that covered in HRM502 and INR501.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply specialised knowledge to solve complex problems relating to the Australian industrial relations system and the interrelationships among the parties and processes in the system;
  • be able to synthesise and apply theoretical frameworks and scholarly research to critically analyse issues relating to the practice of industrial relations in Australia;
  • be able to employ academic writing and information literacy skills to produce robust, well-supported argument related to industrial relations issues;
  • be able to critique and appraise ideas and perspectives of other students by creating and sharing information and knowledge in online moderated spaces;
  • be able to communicate specialised industrial relations knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and
  • be able to produce informed, relevant and well-communicated business advice and/or research papers relating to industrial relations issues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Employment relations - an introduction
  • Theoretical frames and corporate industrial relations strategy
  • Business environments and implications for industrial relations strategies
  • Role of the State in Australian employment relations
  • Management industrial relations strategies and business goals, including the role of HR information systems in workplace strategies
  • Management responses to statutory regulation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRM523 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Applying ir theories
Case study of penalty rates
Er advisory

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.