The Australian Higher Education Industrial Association is the employer association for the higher education sector, registered under the Federal Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. Our membership currently comprises 32 universities.

Our office is located in the Melbourne CBD, and we employ a team of highly mobile specialist consultants who travel frequently to service our member needs.
AHEIA provides advice, assistance and representation to its members on workplace relations matters, including appearing for members in proceedings before the Fair Work Commission, on either an individual or collective basis, and in internal disciplinary proceedings.

AHEIA provides a range of learning and development services, including a suite of workplace relations training programs, leadership development programs and wellbeing programs specifically designed for university staff. The Association designs bespoke and customised programs for ‘in-house’ delivery as well as offering training workshops throughout the year in all mainland State capital cities.

AHEIA is heavily involved in assisting members with their enterprise bargaining, including through facilitating the sharing of information between members on bargaining developments in the sector as they unfold.

We make formal submissions on behalf of our members to Government and Parliamentary inquiries on workplace relations matters, and provide public commentary on workplace relations matters affecting our members.


AHEIA Member Benefits

The AHEIA annual subscription entitles member universities to the following services provided by AHEIA. All services are provided free-of-cost to members except as specifically mentioned below.

  • Representation in Fair Work Commission proceedings under the Fair Work Act 2009, including unfair dismissal claims, general protections claims, workplace bullying claims, disputes arising under the University’s enterprise agreement(s) and the National Employment Standards
  • AHEIA engagement of external Legal Counsel for advice and/or representation in Fair Work Commission proceedings involving individual member universities in cases of major significance to the Higher Education sector
  • Representation in Fair Work Commission proceedings involving awards applying to the Higher Education sector
  • Representation in internal University committee proceedings, including those involving serious misconduct/misconduct, unsatisfactory performance and redundancy reviews
  • Assistance with all matters relating to enterprise bargaining, including representation in Fair Work Commission proceedings relating to bargaining disputation and the approval of enterprise agreements, and occasional representation at the bargaining table as requested by individual member universities
  • Advice and assistance in dealing with workplace disputes involving individual employees and/or unions
  • Advice regarding senior manager and other individual contracts
  • Preparation of correspondence to lawyers, unions and individual employees
  • AHEIA advocacy in the media on workplace relations issues of importance to the Higher Education sector
  • Member input into AHEIA submissions made to Government on workplace relations, superannuation, immigration, gender equity and other employment-related reviews
  • Provision of member-only forums on enterprise bargaining and other specialist topics
  • Provision of member-only HR Director Forums, conducted twice-yearly
  • Provision of L&D programs conducted or organised by AHEIA (with registration fees applying)
  • Provision of discounted registration fees for our two annual conferences


AHEIA’s current members are listed below – all linked to their own websites which will open in a new window.

Membership of AHEIA is open to all Australian universities and colleges of advanced education established under State, Commonwealth or Territory legislation.


Notice of application to amend the AHEIA Rules

At the AGM held on 28 November 2023, it was resolved that the Association would apply to the Fair Work Commission to amend AHEIA’s Rules as follows:

  • Amendment of Rule 23(4)(a) to move from a Calendar Financial Year to a Fiscal Year;
  • Amendment of Rule 22 and introduction of Rule 36 to enable transition to electronic voting; and
  • Removal of gendered descriptors throughout the Rule to move to more inclusive language.


AHEIA Strategic Plan 2021-2024
AHEIA Annual Report 2022
AHEIA Annual Report 2021
AHEIA Annual Report 2020
AHEIA Annual Report 2019
AHEIA Annual Report 2018
AHEIA Annual Report 2017
AHEIA Annual Report 2016
AHEIA Annual Report 2015
AHEIA Annual Report 2014
AHEIA Annual Report 2013
AHEIA Annual Report 2012