• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Commerce, Management
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course discusses the historical, political, economic and legal environment that shape industrial relations and their institutional features in Australia. It focuses on current trends in the labour market, and the competition and deregulation policies that impact on it. The course also examines the roles of employer associations, company management, labour unions, industrial tribunals and governments, as well as processes of conciliation and arbitration, enterprise bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures, wages policies, and legislative reforms. The course also seeks to equip students with some analytical skills relevant to solving industrial relations issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The course seeks to equip students with analytical skills relevant to solving industrial relations issues. Upon completion of the course students would be expected to be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the

  • Australian labour market
  • history of industrial relations in Australia
  • key theories of employment relations

as well as a profound understanding of the

  • legislative foundation of employment relations in Australia
  • current organisation of employment relations in Australia
  • roles of governments and government agencies, as well as employers and employees and their representative organisations.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Written assignment (30%), examination (50%), and tutorial participation and presentations (20%).

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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 48 units towards a degree.

Preliminary Reading

Balnave, N. et al. Employment Relations in Australia (Wiley, 2007).



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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