• More ACIRRT/WRC research now available online 24 Nov 2014

    You can now download ACIRRT monographs and working papers and ADAM reports from the Sydney e-Scholarship repository.

    You can access the repository here:


  • Registrations now open - Legacies and future directions for IR research symposium: 4 December 2014 07 Oct 2014

    After 25 years of engaging with end users to produce applied industrial relations research, the Workplace Research Centre will close at the end of 2014.


  • Workplace Research Centre: End of an era but legacies to live on 28 Aug 2014

    After 25 years of research, training and events that have profoundly shaped how Australia thinks about work, the Workplace Research Centre will close on 31 December 2014.

    The staff of the WRC is embarking on a new initiative to deepen applied research expertise across all disciplines within the University of Sydney Business School and take the School's engagement with thoughtful practitioners and interested members of the public to new levels.


  • Sustainable Work: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity - A Symposium: 17 July 2014 03 Jul 2014

    The Sustainable Work Symposium being held on 17 July 2014 will explore the complex connections between work, wellbeing and productivity. The event will feature presentations by researchers and practitioners from a diverse range of organisations including the University of Sydney, NSW Health, Comcare, Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, National Employment Services Association, the Blackdog Institute and the Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia.  


  • Student Clinical Education in Australia: a University of Sydney Scoping Study 30 May 2014

    Student Clinical Education in Australia: a University of Sydney Scoping Study is the result of a six month examination of the University's clinical education activities undertaken by the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney Business School. The main purpose of the study is to enhance understanding of recent developments affecting the delivery of educational programs in disciplines where students undertake clinical placements as a condition for professional registration.  With so much focus currently on the burden and costs to workplaces of hosting students on clinical placements, a key aim of the research is to increase understanding of their benefits to workplaces and communities.



  • Weak Links: Connections between qualifications and modern award 27 May 2014

    Initial findings from some new WRC research shows that the links between qualifications and pay rates in modern awards varies greatly between and within industries, challenging some long-running assumptions in skills and wages policy.


  • Gearing up for Smart and Skilled 30 Apr 2014

    In 2014, NSW becomes the latest state to move to a demand-driven VET system, with the launch of Smart and Skilled. In anticipation, TAFE NSW and the Australian Education Union (AEU) have agreed to trial new education support and leadership roles. Over the next two years, WRC will work with TAFE NSW and the AEU to evaluate whether these new roles have supported TAFE  NSW to remain the pre-eminent, high quality, public VET provider in NSW.


  • Employer Satisfaction Survey 26 Mar 2014

    The Workplace Research Centre is currently looking at how satisfied employers are with the skills - both general and technical - of recent university graduates. University graduates from four universities and their workplace supervisors are being surveyed as part of the project.


  • Workforce Development in the Australian Cotton Industry 26 Mar 2014

    A new traineeship opportunity, 'Grow a Career In Cotton', has recently been born out of a three year workforce development research project funded by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation involving researchers from University of Melbourne and the Workplace Research Centre at University of Sydney Business School. More

  • WRC Researcher wins AIRAANZ Conference award 26 Feb 2014

    WRC Leading Research Analyst Dr Damian Oliver was awarded the Vic Taylor Prize for most promising paper at the 2014 AIRAANZ Conference, which took place in Melbourne in February. More

  • Getting to a better place: from VET to vocational development 17 Jan 2014

    "Getting to a better place: from VET to vocational development" is a paper written by the Workplace Research Centre that was presented at the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) Industry Forum on 13 November. More