Osgoode Hall Law Journal

Document Type

Special Issue Article


Over the past decade Australia has struggled to come to grips with the decline of its traditional economic and industrial structures, and the need to accommodate itself to the international context. Since 1900 Australia has had an industrial relations system highly regulated by law. Economic and political pressures are challenging the continuing relevance of this system, and particularly its ability to adapt to the need for an "enterprise-based" industrial relations culture. This article examines the type of industrial relations system erected under compulsory arbitration in Australia, its impact upon various aspects of the labour market, and the incremental nature of the process of reform to the system.