The second edition of Industrial Relations in Australia: work and workplaces addresses the “Forward with Fairness” (Fair Work Bill 2008) changes to the Australian IR system, instigated by the new Federal Labor Government, while offering comprehensive coverage of institutional and workplace industrial relations (IR) issues. An eNewsletter supplements the printed text and tracks ongoing changes in the IR legislation as they emerge. The text is suitable for introductory IR courses at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. The first half of the book seeks to identify and discuss the most significant changes which have broadened both theory and practice, such as the spread of management ideas, shifts in the labour market and diversity in the workplace. The second half examines the Australian system of industrial relations in the context of these changes. The text enables students to comprehend the most important dimensions of that system and provides a platform for the understanding and practice of industrial relations in their own work.