Supporting research initiatives
The Fair Work Commission supports various research initiatives.
Research into Protected industrial action ballot procedures
Dr Shae McCrystal (University of Sydney), Professor Breen Creighton (RMIT University) and Professor Richard Johnstone (QUT) have received Australian Research Council funding to undertake an empirical research project titled ‘Protected Action Ballots and Protected Industrial Action under the Fair Work Act: The Impact of Ballot Procedures on Enterprise Bargaining Processes’.
The Commission will be providing assistance to the project including through the provision of access to publicly available information on Protected Action Ballot Order matters.
Data collection will commence in 2015 with the project due to report in 2017.
University of Newcastle proposed project
One such initiative is the University of Newcastle's proposed project Improving Labour Productivity through Cooperative Workplace Relations: A proactive role of industrial tribunals in Australia.
The research team is seeking Australian Research Council funding to support the two-year project, which will investigate the effectiveness of Australian tribunals in the development of cooperative workplace relationships.