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A Message from the President

The Industrial Relations Society of NSW (IRSNSW) is your professional association. Founded in 1958, it is the oldest such association in Australia and I am proud to be the IRSNSW President in 2019

The IRSNSW exists to encourage education and research in the field and to provide members with opportunities to network, to learn and to develop skills as industrial relations practitioners and to advance the community of industrial relations experts. The Society has over 260 members including academics, state and federal government HR and IR practitioners, union officials, students, lawyers, advocates and consultants and tribunal members.

The benefits of IRSNSW membership include:

Ready access to information about current developments in industrial relations, both national and international, through its regular newsletter, The IR Advocate, and through the Journal of Industrial Relations

Receiving the Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) five times per year, The JIR is an internationally recognised academic journal and is ranked in the top ten industrial relations journals in the world.

Invitations to regular activities for members and invited guests. These include professional development days, information seminars and conferences featuring guest speakers on topics of interest to the industrial relations community. 

The Society provides an ideal forum to meet informally with others who are active participants in the field, or who have a major interest in the area, in the spirit of exchanging ideas and exploring experiences.  

The Society’s Management Committee meets monthly to discuss activities of the Society, as well as general industrial relations and membership matters. The Committee is made up of representatives from private practice, government, unions, employer organisations, the tertiary sector and the legal fraternity. To find out more about the Management Committee, click here

To view the Association's Constitution, click here.

The Society is a member of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (formerly the IRS of Australia) which has organisations in all states and territories of Australia. See details below . The Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association has links with similar international organisations.

The IRSNSW Management Committee members regularly attend and participate in national Executive meetings which ensure an ongoing and smooth exchange of information between the society organisations.  

Please explore our website, check the latest happenings on the Events page, book for events and seminars online, join now or renew your membership  , or, through our extensive list of IR links, research those involved in Australian industrial relations. 

I encourage you to attend our events, participate in conventions and warmly welcome you as a member of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW.

Jonathan Hamberger

President IRSNSW

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