How to become a Workplace Relations Officer

Workplace relations officers manage employment conditions and related issues. Workplace relations officers aim to encourage employees and employers to work towards effective organisational practices. They may represent industrial, commercial, union, employer or other organisations in workplace and industrial negotiations.

Personal requirements of a Workplace Relations Officer

  • Good communication skills
  • Good conflict-resolution and negotiation skills
  • Willing to work within rules (legislative and legal)

Education & Training for a Workplace Relations Officer

To become a workplace relations officer you usually have to complete a degree with a major in industrial relations and/or human resource management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 4.2%

NSW 33.7%

NT 1.1%

QLD 15.5%

SA 5.2%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 25.8%

WA 13%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 28.9%

Female 71.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 6.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 19.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 16.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 13.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 50.8%

Above 35 years: 55.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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