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Employment Relations

Undergraduate Specialisation


Employment Relations Specialisation


Pursue your interest in working with people to foster effective workplace relationships.

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Employment relations is a field of practice within the broader human resource management profession that focuses on effective workplace relationships.

This specialisation covers the relationship between the employee and the employer, and the influence of unions, employer associations and the government.

You’ll study the formal framework and theory of employment relations, forms of negotiation, dispute resolution, the Fair Work Act, anti-discrimination legislation and health and safety laws.

You’ll get to interact with real companies, learn from case studies and case law, and experience scenario-based assessments, so you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve learned as soon as you graduate.

You will be exposed to recent changes to the workplace relations arena and the Government's industrial relations tripartite review. The gig economy, precarious work and the casualisation of the workforce will also be explored.

Why study

  • Across many industries, there is strong demand for professionals with expertise in communication, management and negotiation.
  • This specialisation is highly practical, with opportunities to interact with real companies and learn from real-world cases.

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Professional recognition

When completed in conjunction the Human Resource major, the combined course is accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and graduates may be eligible for membership of AHRI.

Career information


  • HR advisor/business partner
  • Employment relations advisor/consultant
  • Industrial relations manager
  • Workplace relations specialist
  • Industrial officer (trade union)
  • Director workplace operations


  • Banking, finance and insurance
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Resources sector
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Hospitality
  • Management consulting
  • Trade union and employer associations

What you'll learn

  • Please refer to Course Learning Outcomes

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: SPUC-EMPRL
  • Last updated on: 17/08/2022