Staff profile - Elsa Underhill

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Dr Elsa Underhill

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Deakin Business School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 45089 +61 3 924 45089



  • Association Of Industrial Relations Academics Of Australia & New Zealand (Former President)
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (Former Vice-President, Advocacy & Dispute Resolution)
  • International Industrial Relations Association
  • Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
  • Associate, Business Outsourcing and Restructuring Regulatory Research Network


Teaching Interests

  • Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Personal Injury Scheme Design
  • Personal Injury Scheme Evaluation
  • Personal Injury Strategic Claims Management


Awards and prizes

  • 2009 Faculty Exemplar of Teaching Excellence Award, for Unfair Dismissal Workshop conducted in MPR722.
  • 2005 Vice Chancellor's award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (team award for residential teaching).
  • Recognised expert in OHS and labour hire employment, including expert opinions in court cases
  • Widely cited in Reports of State and National government enquiries involving OHS, and changing labour markets
  • Organised the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria/Australian Industrial Relations Commission Advocacy Training Programs (until 2008)
  • Organised the International Symposium on Regulating Precarious Employment in 2011, sponsored by Safe Work Australia
  • Recipient of two Deakin University Teaching Awards for residential program teaching


Research interests

  • Occupational health and safety and temporary agency workers
  • Labour market change
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations Policy and Strategies
  • Strategies for improving the safe placement of agency workers
  • Interrelationships between human resource management policies and practices and OHS outcomes

Research grants

  • 2011 grant SafeWork Australia A$3,000
  • 2010 grant Department of Justice & Attorney General, Queensland Government A$45,630
  • 2010 grant CSaRO, FOBL (with A.Noblet) A$12,410

Research page

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