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The IR Society of WA (IRSWA) is a not for profit, bi-partisan membership body dedicated to helping our members explore and understand all facets of Australian industrial relations. We understand how difficult it can be for people seeking to enter this field and that business experience is often what differentiates those who are successful in obtaining employment opportunities.

The IRSWA have partnered Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University as well as with a number of businesses to generate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities for Students with a focus on providing real world work experience in an operational Human Resources and/or Industrial Relations teams. We believe that providing these opportunities to students will greatly enhance their understanding of the field as well as their future employability.

For this – the inaugural program – the IRSWA have received commitments from the following businesses that are willing to host students for a WIL placement:

Each of these businesses has specific Project Scopes that they are seeking students to complete on their behalf as part of this placement that has real world applications, and very real implications for each of the organisations. You can find overviews of each of these projects and employers below.



Roy Hill is a world-class integrated iron ore mining, rail & port operation in the Pilbara region of West Australia. Roy Hill is in the process of ramping up production rates. During the course of this ramp up, the HR team has identified a number of outdated policies and procedures, or some that are yet to be developed. While working at Roy Hill’s office located at the Perth Airport, you will help to ensure all procedures are appropriately referenced and meet the Business System requirements for use by Roy Hill Employees.


Western Power is a Western Australian State Government owned corporation with the purpose of connecting people with electricity in a way that is safe, reliable and affordable. Western Power is currently involved in the process of bargaining for two new Enterprise Agreements as the current agreements are due to expire in August 2017. While working at Western Power’s Perth CBD office, you will help to assist in negotiation generally between the employer, employees and their bargaining representatives with the goal of making an enterprise agreement.


Horizon Power is responsible for generating, procuring, distributing and retailing electricity to regional Western Australia. While working at Horizon Power’s Bentley office, you will research and help preparation for the Enterprise Agreement Negotiations. 

This will include completing benchmarking and also considering the impacts of industry, social and legislative trends.


Nulsen is one of Western Australia’s leading disability services providers enabling people with complex disabilities to lead the life they want while maintaining their wellbeing. Nulsen collaborates with people with complex disabilities and their families to enable them to have choice and control over the services they receive. While working at Nulsen Disability Services’ Cannington office, you will write HR procedures based on new processes for various HR roles with the aim of achieving procedural consistency, set a system in place for future developments and changes, and to improve current business processes.


Ertech is a valued contractor to clients in the oil and gas, mining, government and utility infrastructure, waste and land development sectors. Ertech delivers a range of engineering and construction solutions incorporating civil and concrete construction, geotechnical, environmental, marine, electrical, and project management services to clients across Australia. While working at Ertech’s Wangara office, you will assist with reviewing and updating Ertech procedures relating to: Subcontractor engagement, EBA compliance, ROE processes and Procedures, and Dispute resolution. The aim of these updates will be to ensure compliance with workplace codes and develop and implement any training that may be required to achieve these aims.


DOF Subsea is a leading provider of subsea services in all the major oil and gas production regions around the world. With a world class fleet of offshore vessels, ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles), diving and survey systems, the group combines expertise and technology to deliver integrated subsea solutions to the offshore oil and gas industry. While working at DOF Subsea’s Perth CBD office, you will be performing Modern Award analysis to identify all applicable Modern Awards to DOF Subsea and evaluate any changes required to company procedures and practice based on the interpretation of these Awards. The aim of this project is to increase company awareness of Modern Award coverage to the workforce and to engage in review and improvement of current company procedures


Downer is a leading provider of services to customers in markets including: Transport Services; Technology and Communications Services; Utilities Services; Engineering, Construction and Maintenance (EC&M); Mining; and Rail. While working at Downers EC&M Division at the Canning Vale offices, you will be tasked with completing an analysis of competitors agreements, comparing current and proposed agreements and modeling the impact of the proposed structures to the business.



In order to be eligible for the program, students must

  • Be currently enrolled in Business, Commerce or Law studying Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • Meet the minimum entry requirements associated with their University WIL program; and
  • Be Student Members of the IRSWA

IRSWA student membership is accessible via this link: BECOME A STUDENT MEMBER HERE

The IRSWA membership also provides students free access to IRSWA networking events throughout the year as well as discounted access to paid events, such as the annual conference.

Eligible students will be required to attach a (one page) cover letter indicating a specific interest in 1 or 2 projects with our businesses and why they are interested in the project, and the field of industrial relations. The cover letter should also include information about why you have the skills, experiences, and attributes that make you a good fit for the role.

You will be prompted to attach this as part of the LiveHire sign up process which you can access via the relevant link specific to the University you are enrolled at below.

Once you start the application process you will receive a welcome email from LiveHire giving additional detail about the program and the specific forms and process applicable to your University.









IRSWA will collect and hold personal information about you from this Application form. Our primary purpose in collecting this personal information is to enable us to provide services to you. We require this information for the purposes listed below, and if you choose not to provide the information requested, we may not be able to provide services to you. This information may be used for related purposes, such as: to assist in providing goods and services to you, to assist with any enquiries you make to us, for any purpose made known to you at the time of collection of your personal information, to communicate promotional offers, business referrals and special events, for our internal administrative, marketing, planning, product development and research requirements, in connection with law enforcement, national security and airport surveillance and in relation to business referral programs. We usually disclose information of this kind to: IRSWA, third parties such as consultants, auditors, legal advisors and the like, and third parties we are required by law to disclose to. Under the Australian Privacy Principles, you may access your personal information held by IRSWA. You may contact us if you think any of your personal information is inaccurate, incomplete or out of date. We will take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to correct such information or notify you why we refuse to do so.  IRSWA takes all steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to protect personal information that it holds from misuse, interference and loss and from unauthorised access, modification and disclosure and to destroy or de-identify personal information that it no longer needs and is not required by law to retain.  If you consider that we have breached the Privacy Act 1988(Cth), you may complain to IRSWA who will investigate the complaint and advise you in writing of the outcome of the investigation within 60 days of receipt of the complaint