First listed on: 02 October 2021

Industrial Relations Manager


The Opportunity

  • Can you provide wide-ranging advice on people, legislative and industrial issues?
  • Want to take a leading role in CSIRO bargaining and enterprise agreement teams?
  • Apply today to join the Workplace Relations Centre of Excellence!

The Workplace Relations team is a Centre of Excellence for practical support and tailored advice in dealing with industrial disputes, workplace issues, complex staffing matters, and external tribunal matters that affect our CSIRO people. The Industrial Relations Team operates within this function and is made up of subject matter experts on work-related obligations and entitlements between employers and their employees.

The Industrial Relations Manager is a critical management position in the Industrial Relations team, reporting to the Executive Manager – Workplace Relations. The role is responsible for leading and implementing the CSIRO Enterprise Agreement Strategy and will drive this by partnering with CSIRO leadership, People Partners, and advisors to guide, educate and provide expert advice on a broad range of employment and industrial relations matters. They will establish strong partnerships with the Policy team to ensure CSIRO’s best interests are always practiced In line with procedures that are compliant with relevant legislation and act as a CSIRO representative in external jurisdictions, industrial tribunals, Commissions, and sector groups.

Your duties will include:

  • Investigating, interpreting, and providing expert advice on a wide range of employee related matters, and legislative and industrial agreement issues
  • At a strategic level, taking a lead role in negotiating and supporting CSIRO’s Bargaining team during negotiations for new agreements as well as leading the development and implementation of the CSIRO and Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex Enterprise Agreement Strategies
  • Acting as a CSIRO representative and supporting CSIRO’s best interests externally in various jurisdictions, industrial tribunals, Commissions, sector groups, and negotiations
  • Partnering with CSIRO leadership, People Partners, and advisors to guide, educate, and provide expert advice on a broad range of employment and industrial relations matters
  • Liaising and developing strong working relationships with the Policy team to ensure CSIRO policies and procedures are compliant with relevant legislation
  • Endorsing and representing CSIRO’s best interests at engagements and disputes, including with relevant unions and employee representatives

Location: Any CSIRO location considered
Salary: AU$115k - AU$135k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 77947

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience combined with a postgraduate qualification in Industrial Relations, Employment Law, or other relevant disciplines. As well as at least 10 years’ relevant experience working in an industrial/employee relations position in a government organisation, including the management of enterprise agreements negotiations.
  • A significant track record in managing complex industrial relations issues in a public sector environment. Demonstrated experience in representing an organisation in various jurisdictions, industrial tribunals, and commissions, sector groups, and/or negotiations, preferably within a government context. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the legislative, regulatory, and industrial instruments in relation to employment and industrial relations within the government context. Specialist industrial relations knowledge and skills and demonstrated political nous to progress and achieve critical organisation outcomes in a timely manner. 
  • Strong problem-solving skills to resolve matters where policy, guidelines, and precedents are not available and the exercise of advanced professional skills to resolve emerging or complex problems as required. 
  • Superior interpersonal skills exemplified by experience influencing, establishing, and maintaining strong, collaborative working relations with internal and external stakeholders, including key regulatory bodies. 
  • A history of leading others in a way that encourages new ideas, builds trust, provides support for the development of emerging skills, works collaboratively, and shares and utilises team resources

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident currently residing in Australia. 

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. 

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 17 October 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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