La Trobe Law School academics Jill Murray and Anthony O’Donnell are amongst a group of 11 leading labour law and industrial relations scholars awarded $450,000 by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in its latest round of funding.
The money will allow these scholars to work with the Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) to build a searchable, digitised database of key labour law resources, including a century’s worth of Commonwealth and State arbitration tribunal reports.
With matching funds from a consortium of Australian universities, this makes available close to $1 million to pursue the project, which will be led by UTS.
The resulting ‘dynamic virtual library’ will provide a rich resource for legal and industrial scholars and researchers, librarians, historians, practicing lawyers, trade unions, industry groups and associations, and others. The study of Australian society, the economy, the legal system, history, culture, class and institutions will be enriched by easy access to the information contained within arbitration and other industrial and workplace law reports.
The funds were awarded under the ARC’s Linkage – Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme. This scheme supports collaborative arrangements between universities and partner organisations to develop and support research infrastructure.