Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) Centennial Prize

To commemorate 100 years of federal conciliation and arbitration, members of the AIRC established a trust to fund the AIRC Centennial Prize – an annual award offered to students at the University of Melbourne. In 1904 the Commonwealth Parliament established the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court. While it has changed its name, and its functions have evolved, this institution has remained central to regulating work and labour standards in Australia. Today, the role of the AIRC has continued through the Fair Work Commission.

Applications open

10 Sep 2018

Applications closed

5 Nov 2018

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $1,000

Applicable study areas

Commerce, economics and management; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an undergraduate or graduate student who has undertaken a degree, specialisation or an individual subject in the Faculty of Business and Economics or the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne
    • must have submitted, or be ready to submit, the thesis or essay for the enrolled course of study by the application deadline

    Selection criteria

    To be considered for the AIRC Centennial Prize, the research work (thesis or essay) must be in the area of Industrial Relations or Labour History. These areas are interpreted broadly to include essays or a thesis in any of the following areas:

    • Industrial relations, employment relations, workplace relations
    • Human resource management, personnel administration, careers, and organisational behaviour
    • Labour economics and labour market analysis
    • Labour law, labour market regulation, including aspects of public policy related to work, social protection and labour market policies, and labour market institutions
    • Labour history, and the history of work, employment practices, labour markets and labour market institutions.

    There is no set word length for submissions, which are encouraged from both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    The selection of the best research work submitted in the year will be based on the quality of the essay or thesis and its relevance to contemporary policy concerns and debates.

    The prize will be awarded by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Business and Economics, upon recommendation of the Deans (or nominees), after consultation with a representative from the President of the Fair Work Commission.

  • Application process

    Applicants are required to complete the application form and submit an essay or thesis via the online form.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

What are the benefits?

Approximately $1,000 and a commemorative certificate

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