History and Charter

The Industrial Relations Society of the ACT (IRS ACT) was established in 1973 to organise and foster discussion, research, education and publication within the field of labour & employment relations. IRS ACT was a constituent member of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia.

In 2011, following the change of name of the international body, the national society changed its name to the Australian Employment and Labour Relations Association (ALERA).

The members of IRS ACT then decided, in July 2011, to change the name of the local body to reflect its affiliation with the Australian organisation. 

The Association's objective is to bring together a community of people drawn from:

  • management
  • trade unions
  • employer associations
  • government agencies
  • professional services
  • academe
  • and other related areas

who are interested in the world of people at work.  It does not provide advice to individuals nor to any sector bodies. 

Membership benefits include:

  • access to a range of social and educational functions 
  • an impartial environment to network and discuss workplace and employment relations and other matters
  • opportunities to keep across the ever-changing employment relations landscape. 

The National Society

The ACT Association is linked, through the Australian Labour and Employment Relations of Australia (ALERA), with kindred societies in all States and Territories of Australia. Membership is transferable between these organisations - although member benefits differ between the organisations. 

ALERA arranges a national convention, which rotates between the capital cities. The state/territory bodies also hold annual conventions.  All members of ALERA-ACT are advised of these functions and are invited to attend.