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 project
Professor Mark Bray (University of Newcastle), Associate Professor Johanna Macneil (University of Newcastle) and Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide) have received Australian Research Council funding (under the Linkage program) to undertake an empirical research project titled ‘Facilitating workplace change: Redefining the role of industrial tribunals in Australia’. It investigates the effectiveness of Australian tribunals in the development of cooperative and productive workplace relationships.
The Commission is a Partner Organisation on this project and provides appropriate assistance and access to research data.
Data collection was undertaken during 2015 and 2016, and a book reporting the findings will be published in 2017.