INR502 Contemporary Issues in Industrial Relations (8)

This subject examines a selection of contemporary issues in the operation of the industrial relations framework for addressing the challenges facing workforces in Australia, amidst changing competitive and wider social pressures.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INR502. 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

This subject assumes prior knowledge of the industrial relations system in Australia that is covered in INR501.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain some of the current challenges facing the operation of the Australian industrial relations framework;
  • be able to critically analyse a selection of current issues in Australian industrial relations;
  • be able to analyse the application of these issues to students' own organisations and/or workplace experiences and for their professional practice;
  • be able to synthesise and integrate multiple perspectives to evaluate the impact of current issues on the workplace; and
  • be able to communicate information to a range of stakeholders on workplace policy, practices, risks or issues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A selection of contemporary issues in Australian industrial relations. Topics will be determined by current developments in legislation, theory and practice.
  • Examples of possible topic areas include: overview of current industrial relations legislation, casualisation and non standard work, redundancies, stand downs, bargaining, regulation of minimum wages, trade union strategies, management strategies, industrial relations and sustainability, workplace violence, gendering of work and pay, industrial conflict.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INR502 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 %
Discussion board posts
Individual essay - ir policy issue analysis
Individual report - ir workplace issue analysis

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.