President’s Message

President’s Message

by kndsupport

Hello to all,

The Industrial Relations Society of Qld is the professional association for all IR practitioners in Qld, it was founded in 1963 and continues to flourish. IRSQ has close to 400 members including academics, state and federal government HR and IR practitioners, officials of employer and union organisations, students, lawyers, advocates, consultants and tribunal members from both state and federal jurisdictions.

I am proud to be the President and join with all of the Management Committee members who volunteer their time generously to give back to their fields.  The 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.

IRSQ exists to encourage education and research,  and to provide members with opportunities to network, to learn and to develop skills as industrial relations practitioners to advance the community and capacity of industrial relations. One of IRSQ’s long standing observations,  and strength,  has been its nonpartisan approach to industrial relations practice in Qld, this too is reflected in our Management Committee membership.

The benefits of IRSQ membership include:

Ready access to information about current developments in industrial relations, through our online newsletter, The Advocate, and through the Journal of Industrial Relations. (JIR).

The JIR is an internationally recognised academic journal and is ranked in the top ten industrial relations journals in the world.

Opportunities to attend regular events for members featuring guest speakers on topics of interest to the industrial relations community.

Many of the IRSQ events provide 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.  We say that these networking opportunities provide conviviality!

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

IRSQ Management Committee have delegates who participate in national ALERA Executive meetings. ALERA provides resources to IRSQ and so you may see speakers at events from the ALERA affiliates, there is a high level of collegiality amongst ALERA.

I encourage you to attend our events, please feel free to approach Management Committee members, we are always happy to hear about new areas of interest and provide information on how to become a Society or Committee member.

I look forward to seeing you at an event soon



Jo McConnell

Industrial Relations Society of Queensland