Course Outline

Students will gain a better understanding of workplace issues, improve their employment relations skills and gain a professional edge.

The Employment Relations Professional Development Program offered by the Police Association in conjunction with Melbourne University’s Faculty of Business and Economics will help participants take their knowledge of policing to the next level.


Program Content

Workplace industrial relations in context

The Employment Relations Professional Development Program will provide students with a broad understanding of the Australian industrial relations system while also outlining the reciprocal rights and responsibilities of employee and employer.

Some of what you will learn:

- Overview of how the Australian industrial relations system fits together, including power relationships.

- The parties and processes operating in industrial relations.

- The industrial relations legal framework currently operating.

- The changing nature of the workplace in general and for police in particular.


The role of stakeholders in industrial relations 

There are a number of important players in the industrial relations landscape. The Faculty of Business and Economics program will help students gain an understanding of the role, objectives and strategies of the key industrial relations stakeholders, including unions.

 Some of what you will learn:

- The purposes and objectives of unions, employers and employer groups.

- The challenges facing unions.

-  Different strategies that unions use.

-  The different roles of union officials.

-  The issue of union activism and building delegate networks.


Communication, workplace negotiation, workplace dispute resolution and advocacy

Effective communication, advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution skills are essential to good workplace relations. You will learn to develop your skills to make a difference in your workplace.  

 Some of what you will learn: 

- Strategies for information sharing.

- Ways of communicating at the workplace.

- The principles of negotiation and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) methods.  

- Negotiation skills suitable for your workplace.

- Common types of grievance at the workplace and how to best deal with them.

- How to practically apply grievance procedures.

- Dispute resolution under the current industrial relations system.


All required course materials will be supplied

(Please note: some of the course content above will be subject to change.)