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President's Message


Welcome to the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland (the Society). The Society was founded in 1963 as the professional association for all industrial relations practitioners in Queensland. We have a membership made up of academics, state and federal government, human resources practitioners, employer and union organisations, students, lawyers, industrial advocates, consultants, judicial officers 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 regularly to discuss activities of the Society. The Society’s constitution ensures that the Management Committee is representative of the broader membership including members that are employee and employer representatives, academics, students, employers, state and federal government and general members.

The Society exists to encourage education and research, and to provide members with opportunities to network, to learn and to develop skills as industrial relations practitioners. One of Society’s long standing observations, and strengths, has been its nonpartisan approach to industrial relations practice in this great state. This atmosphere of collegiality is reflected in the make-up and actions of our Management Committee membership.

I would encourage all industrial relations practitioners, and those with an interest in industrial relations, to join us as a member of the Society. 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 most states and territories of Australia. The Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association has links with similar international organisations.

The Society’s Management Committee has delegates that participate in national ALERA Executive meetings.

I encourage you to attend our events and 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


Nate Burke
Industrial Relations Society of Queensland

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