Industrial relations



Policy report

The next industrial revolution: transforming Australia to flourish in a net-zero world

The authors of this report argue that Australia needs an updated industry policy, so that the nation can become an industrial success story as the world moves to net-zero carbon emissions.
Report

Social Dialogue Report 2022: collective bargaining for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery

This report examines the role of collective bargaining in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on employment and earnings, helping to cushion inequality, while reinforcing the resilience of enterprises and labour markets. The report considers the contribution of collective bargaining to a human-centred recovery.
Policy report

Stuck in neutral: the policy architecture driving slow wage growth in Australia

This report begins by describing trends in wage growth in Australia over the last 14 years. It then identifies the policy positions of the federal government since assuming office in 2013 that have contributed to slow wage growth.
Position paper

Ai Group’s 2022 federal election policy proposals in a nutshell

A summary of policy papers Ai Group has released in the lead-up to the 2022 federal election. They reflect the policy priorities of their members and support Ai Group’s ambition for thriving industries and a prosperous community.
Policy

Better rights, more pay and secure

This policy statement outlines The Greens' policy position on better rights for working people and improving Australia's industrial relations system.
Report

Container stevedoring monitoring report 2020-21

This report presents information on the financial and operational performance of the monitored container stevedores, as well as observations regarding key developments within the sector relating to COVID-19 and prior supply chain transformation, competition and port regulation.
Policy report

UK’s industrial policy: learning from the past?

The United Kingdom’s industrial policy since the 1970s has been characterised by frequent policy reversals and announcements, driven by political cycles. This paper explores the impacts of these deficiencies of the industrial policy-making landscape in the UK and contrasts them with the experiences of other...
Report

Prosperity and justice after the pandemic

The inequalities across the UK is starting to play out in our politics. People do not believe that their voices are being heard and feel disempowered. This report outlines policy options to aid in creating an economy that delivers both prosperity and justice for all...
Report

Effective management of serious police misconduct: a machine learning analysis

There are a range of management strategies available to police agencies to prevent serious misconduct. This study uses partial dependence plots to explore management strategies which have been identified as either increasing or decreasing risk of serious police misconduct.
Guide

Working better

From July 2021, it becomes a crime for an employer in Victoria to dishonestly withhold wages or other employee entitlements. This kit provides a suite of resources in a variety of formats to communicate these new laws.
Report

Insecure work and portable entitlements: a solution for Australia

Insecure work is a reality for too many Australian workers. This report explores how the implementation of a portable entitlements scheme could improve the livelihoods of this growing cohort of Australian workers.
Report

An employer lens on COVID-19: adapting to change in Australian workplaces

This report provides a detailed analysis of how Australian employers have experienced and adapted to COVID-19. Between May to October 2020, the research team interviewed 32 leaders, managers and officers at 28 organisations across Australia. Many surveys on COVID-19 in 2020 focused on worker preferences...
Briefing paper

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021: briefing note

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated just how damaging job insecurity is, not only to individual workers and their families, but to society as a whole. This briefing paper lays out the Bill’s provisions and Per Capita's arguments against them.
Briefing paper

How non-union agreements suppress wage growth – and why the Omnibus Bill will lead to more of them

This report illustrates how the Morrison Government's omnibus industrial relations bill will lead to a significant increase in employer-designed enterprise agreements (EA) that reduce workers' pay and conditions, rather than improve them—signalling a return to the WorkChoices pattern of EA-making and putting further downward pressure...
Report

Industrial relations in a post-COVID world

Industrial relations regulation in Australia is an historical anomaly. It is highly prescriptive and complex, with substantial third party involvement. The economic shocks of COVID-19, and the associated government responses, have rendered aspects of our industrial relations regulations unworkable. This paper proposes some solutions.
Policy report

The economic challenge of COVID-19

This paper argues that attempting to eradicate the COVID-19 virus would impose unbearable economic and social costs and Australia must find low-cost ways to live with the virus, rather than remaining constrained while waiting for a vaccine that may take years to arrive, if ever.
Journal article

IT-based control and assessment of partnering relations in construction projects

This paper presents a digital system for controlling and assessing partnering relations during the carrying out of construction projects, called “B-rel”. The study shows that developing partnering relations in construction projects has the greatest carryover to benefits concerning their time and cost.
Journal article

Identification of potential uses of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for construction supply chain management: Preliminary studies

Supply chain construction continues to grow and becomes important in project management. This study aims to identify the potential use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction supply chain management.
Report

Promoting compliance through behavioural insights

This report looks at how behavioural insights techniques could be applied to reduce costs and barriers to access for employers and employees who use the Fair Work Commission’s services, and improve overall compliance with unfair dismissal and enterprise agreement lodgment requirements.
Discussion paper

Improving protections of employees’ wages and entitlements: further strengthening the civil compliance and enforcement framework

The Australian government is committed to an industrial relations system that balances the needs of both employees and employers, including those engaged in small business. This paper seeks input from the community about the operation of the current compliance and enforcement framework.