The Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER) works with Australia’s leading academics and institutions to undertake research in the area of industrial relations, workplace rights and responsibilities, work and workplace culture, and the impact of work and workplaces on society and community.

Our research is directed towards finding practical solutions to problems resulting in better law and practice, positive work relationships and more effective organisations.



Research+Action@AIER is now available to assist you to develop evidence based policy, practice and action to meet your goals. Our team of expert advisors, researchers, analysts and writers is now available to you for commissioned works. More information can be found at Research+Action@AIER.



Collective Bargaining & Union Recognition Rights: Policy Issues for Australia

The WorkChoices legislation fundamentally altered the balance between rights of employers and working people in Australia, and was the most radical overhaul of the Australian system of industrial relations in more than 100 years. More than this, it was the most radical overhaul of labour market regulation anywhere in the industrialised world. This research report explores what statutory arrangements would be required to once again provide working people with the freedom to choose union representation, for unions to gain recognition when workers choose unions, and to oblige employers to productively engage in collective bargaining with unions. Click here to read more.

Preventative Health and Workplace Culture

AIER undertook a considerable body of research exploring the links between poor workplace culture and its detrimental effect on the physical and mental health of working people.  The study, which formed the basis for a submission to government, found that the greatest investment the Australian Government can make in preventative health is in cultural reform of Australian workplaces. Click here to read more.

ITF – Low Care Carriers Project

In late 2010, AIER was commissioned by the International Transport Federation (South Pacific Sub-Regional Office) to conduct research regarding the ways that aviation workers within the region could maintain and improve their working conditions, particularly in light of approaches to working conditions and labour rights of ‘low-cost’ aviation carriers.