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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.

Submissions for the following papers have now closed.