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Industrial relations can play an important role in strengthening the Australian economy. Potential reform to, or changes within, the Australian industrial relations system should be measured against three criteria: increasing wages, driving jobs growth and strengthening the economy, while making sure employees' rights are protected.

Importantly, an effective industrial relations system should strive to balance the needs of both employees and employers, including those engaged in small business.

As recently announced, the Prime Minister has asked the Attorney-General, in his capacity as Minister for Industrial Relations, to examine the industrial relations system to identify where there may be impediments to shared gains for employers and employees.

The following discussion papers seek input from the community (by way of written submissions) about the operation of selected aspects of the industrial relations system.

Discussion questions are included to guide feedback. However, you can provide more information and suggestions relevant to the matters discussed. Email your submission using the template below to IRconsultation@ag.gov.au.

Closing dates for submissions are specified in each discussion paper.

We will publish submissions on this website unless you include a specific request in your submission for it to be confidential. If you ask for your submission to be confidential, we encourage you to consider whether the whole submission is confidential or whether some parts of the submission can be made public. ​​​​If you require any of these submissions in a different accessible format, contact IRconsultation@ag.gov.au.