Industrial Foundations

The course will teach you about industrial relations and how to confidently apply this knowledge to issue resolution.

Course Category


Intended Audience

Industrial and Legal Officers

Delivery Mode



4 days

About This Course

This course is designed for Organisers and newly appointed Industrial Officers looking to acquire fundamental knowledge about industrial relations and how to confidently apply this knowledge to issue resolution. In this course, you will acquire the fundamentals of the Australian industrial relations system, including its history. The course will cover how laws are made, legal principles such as precedent and the interface between statute and case law.

You will learn about the various industrial instruments that govern employment relationships and how to read and interpret legislation. You will also explore and gain and understanding of the intersection between industrial and organising approaches in the resolution of issues.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Explain the legal frameworks that govern industrial relations in Australia 
  • Identify the opportunities provided by these laws to resolve member grievances 
  • Outline how the Australian industrial system has evolved over time and identify the factors that have driven change 
  • Identify the different employment arrangements in Australia and the impact on industrial entitlements and pathways to representation and resolution 
  • Explain the principles of interpreting legislation, awards and agreements 
  • Describe the basic principles of contract formation 
  • Analyse member and collective issues and adopt effective pathways to resolution utilising both industrial and organising tools 

Course Content

Power analysis 

Types of power and how power can be leveraged in organising 


Overview of employment law 

Industrial, health and safety, anti-discrimination legislation and options for issue resolution 

How laws are made and navigating legislation 


History of industrial relations system in Australia 

Key legislation since federation and how this has shaped our current system and IR context 


Overview of Fair Work Act 

Application and scope 

Overview of recent reform (Secure Jobs Better Pay Act) 


Types of employment 

Employment types and entitlements 

Employee/independent contractor distinction 


Industrial instruments 

Legislation, awards and agreements 

Navigating agreements and clause interpretation 


Legal principles 

Principles of interpretation 

Reading decisions using the ILAC method 


 Employment contracts 

Basic elements of employment contracts 

Interaction with company policies and procedures 


Resolution of issues 

Case study (CUB) exploring industrial and organising options for resolution 

Problem solving framework 

Delivery Style

This course will utilise a range of resources and methodologies to maximise engagement including group work, videos, case studies, authentic materials, facilitated discussion and content delivery through visual presentations.



Course Cost


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Course Enrolment


25 – 28 March | 9:00am to 5:00pm

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