The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) is pleased to announce a return to in-person conferences. The AIRAANZ 2023 Conference will be hosted by the College of Business, Law and GovernanceJames Cook University at Magnetic Island, North Queensland, Australia from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2023. The conference this year will be in-person. There will also be a workshop for higher degree research students the day before, on Tuesday 7 February, at the James Cook University campus in Townsville, just across the water from Magnetic Island.  Keynote addresses will be given by:

  • Professor Patrice Jalette, Université de Montréal
  • Gail Barry, Traditional Owner of the Great Barrier Reef as a Kuku Nyngunkal Elder of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Nation. Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Services NQ, Townsville, and former Member of the Queensland Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce.

The theme of the conference is: ‘Labour and Value’. The conference will explore key issues for employment relations research including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Indigeneity and labour
  • Building society and a new social contract
  • Value in essential and care work
  • Labour and value in the ‘gig economy’
  • Labour, value and ecology
  • Gender and value
  • Social justice and labour
  • Labour in the creation and distribution of value
  • Worker Identity
  • Regulation, wages and value
  • The post-COVID-19 world of work
  • Immigrant labour, value and labour supply
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • New HRM challenges, for example through hybrid work
  • Labour markets and flexibility
  • Industry studies
  • New technology, value and skills
  • Asian, international and comparative analysis

We now invite submissions for the following:

  • Conference session proposals – due 28 July 2022

Conference session proposals should include the following details:·       Session title

  • Names of session convenor/s, their affiliated institutions and email addresses
  • Names of arranged or proposed speakers and their paper titles/topics
  • Abstract explaining session theme (250 words max)

Please submit your proposals and abstracts to  There will be a later call for paper abstracts closer to the due date of 15 September 2022.Questions regarding the conference should be sent to Greg or Caitlin of Conference Solutions at  or Stephane Le Queux at organising committee: Stephane Le Queux, David Peetz, Patrice Jalette, Siggi Gudergan, Robyn May, Robin Price, Noelle Donnelly, Chris F Wright, Michael Walker, Marjorie Jerrard, Daniel Dinale, Kaylee Boccalatte.