Alera National Conference 2021, Melbourne, Australia, 15th & 16th October 2021 

ALERA National Conference 2020, Melbourne, 16th to 17th October

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What will be the Future of Employment Relations & Work?

Sustainability, Productivity & Inclusion in an age of Artificial Intelligence, Digitization & the Gig Economy after COVID-19

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic the ALERA/IRSV Conference Committee reluctantly postponed the ALERA National Conference that was originally scheduled for October 2020. 

The Conference will now be held on 15 and 16 October 2021 at Novotel Melbourne.


Helen McLean 0409 350 708 Marg Scarlett 0419 805 362

Conference Speakers

  • Sharan Burrow
    Sharan Burrow
  • Jim Stanford
    Jim Stanford
  • Frances Anderson
    Frances Anderson
  • Stephen Smith
    Stephen Smith
  • Sandra Parker
    Sandra Parker
  • Hon Justice Iain Ross
    Hon Justice Iain Ross
  • Sally McManus
    Sally McManus
  • Hon Tony Bourke
    Hon Tony Bourke
  • Alison Pennington
    Alison Pennington
  • Greg Vines
    Greg Vines
  • Paula McDonald
    Paula McDonald
  • Andrew Stewart
    Andrew Stewart
Sharan Burrow
Sharan Burrow

ALERA is an independent, non­partisan association which encourages research, discussion and debate on a wide range of issues affecting employment relations. The Association welcomes members involved in, studying or interested in industrial, labour or employment relations, labour law and human resources. 

ALERA's objective is to organise and foster discussion, research, education and publication within the field of workplace relations. ALERA is governed by an Executive Committee of representatives from its affiliated State and Territory societies, including the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (IRSV), which is hosting this conference. 

ALERA brings together people from academia, consulting, employers, governments, the legal profession, unions and other fields. 

These people work to contribute to the promotion of better workplace relations through ALERA affiliates’ newsletters, training, lectures, workshops and an ALERA biennial conference. Participation facilitates an exchange of opinions, an understanding of different points of view and new friendships, which can all help to create goodwill and understanding in the field of workplace relations. 

ALERA (then called the Industrial Relations Society of Australia) began in the 1950s. One of its first initiatives was to launch the Journal of Industrial Relations. ALERA is affiliated to the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).

ALERA/IRSV 2021 Conference Committee

- Natascha Boehm; Chris Meallin; (Co-chairs)

- Greg Bamber; Julian Teicher; Virginia Wills

- Helen McLean; Marg Scarlett (Conference Managers)

- Anna Lee Cribb; Niki Howells Schramm (ex-officio)





The ALERA Conference Website is proudly sponsored by 

The Workplace Collective
The ALERA Conference Website is proudly sponsored by 

Workplace Express