Workplace Relations Advisers assist in resolving disputes by advising on workplace relations policies and problems, and representing industrial, commercial, union, employer or other parties in negotiations on rates of pay and conditions of employment.

Specialisations: Industrial Relations Officer, Trade Union Official, Union Organiser.

Industry experience is needed to work as a Workplace Relations Adviser. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Workplace Relations Advisers.

Tasks

  • Maintains personnel records and associated human resource information systems.
  • Arranges the induction of staff and provides information on conditions of service, salaries and promotional opportunities.
  • Receives and records job vacancy information from employers such as details about job description, wages and conditions of employment.
  • Studies and interprets legislation, awards, collective agreements and employment contracts, wage payment systems and dispute settlement procedures.
  • Develops, plans and formulates enterprise agreements or collective contracts such as productivity-based wage adjustment procedures, workplace relations policies and programmes, and procedures for their implementation.
  • Oversees the formation and conduct of workplace consultative committees and employee participation initiatives.

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  • $1,662 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Workplace Relations Advisers

  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 45% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Workplace Relations Advisers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,000 in 2011 to 3,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Workplace Relations Advisers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 45% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services66.3
Public Administration and Safety12.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.6
Education and Training3.3
Other Industries11.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateWorkplace Relations AdvisersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.631.6
VIC27.225.6
QLD19.220.0
SA7.87.0
WA11.410.8
TAS2.82.0
NT1.41.0
ACT2.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketWorkplace Relations AdvisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.4-5.05.0
20-244.1-9.39.3
25-3422.4-22.922.9
35-4423.1-22.022.0
45-5425.4-21.621.6
55-5912.0-9.09.0
60-648.5-6.06.0
65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationWorkplace Relations AdvisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate19.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree34.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV16.4-21.121.1
Year 1211.5-18.118.1
Year 112.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.0-12.512.5

Industry experience is needed to work as a Workplace Relations Adviser. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Workplace Relations Advisers.

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Employers look for Human Resource Professionals who have strong people skills, who are well presented and can communicate clearly.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Personnel and Human Resources

    74% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  2. English Language

    71% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Administration and Management

    66% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  4. Education and Training

    64% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1075.00 - Labor Relations Specialists.

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Demands

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  1. Telephone

    98% Important

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  2. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

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  3. Contact With Others

    92% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    89% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1075.00 - Labor Relations Specialists.

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