NZ Industrial Relations Foundation

The NZ Industrial Relations Foundation (Inc) (the Foundation) is an educational trust set up to promote, through education, better industrial relations in New Zealand.

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Topics of successful grant applications for the 2023 IRF funding round were as follows:

  • Insight into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on safety and health co-operation within an interconnected, multiple-employer, work environment.
  • Creating safer places: addressing workplace violence in community-based care and support settings.
  • Collate a national New Zealand data set on the health and wellbeing impacts of working through the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Dates for the next funding round have not been finalised.

About the Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1977 under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.

The Foundation is administered by 5 Trustees. The Trustees are the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety (Chairperson), the President and the Chief Executive of Business NZ, and the President and the Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU).

Trustees are advised by a Steering Group consisting of the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) or nominee, the Chief Executive of Business NZ or nominee, and the Secretary of the CTU.

Secretariat for the Foundation is provided by MBIE.

Last updated: 08 March 2024