The Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) is the voice of the industrial relations (IR) profession.
Formerly called the IR Society of Australia, ALERA was formed in the 1950s, making it the oldest and largest national organisation in this field in Australia. As the national voice for IR professionals, ALERA’s objects include fostering discussion, research, education, publication and liaising with governments as well as other organisations and agencies.
The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)
ALERA is affiliated with and is an active member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA). ILERA was established in 1967 and its general purpose is to promote the study of labour and employment relations throughout the world in the relevant academic disciplines, by such means as:
ILERA holds world and regional congresses that provide excellent opportunities for discussing research results and policies, promising practices, and social networking. For details of ILERA activities, The next World Congress will be held on 27 - 30 June, 2024 in New York.Learn more
The US Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
LERA is ALERA’s sibling organisation in the USA where professionals interested in all aspects of employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues, and practices in the field. Founded in 1947 as the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA), the US LERA provides a great forum where the views of representatives of unions, employers, government and academics, advocates and neutrals are welcome.Learn more