Dr Kerrie Saville



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2005
Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University, 1997



Dr Kerrie Saville is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Kerrie’s areas of expertise are in the employment relations field, with a particular emphasis on trade union structure and delegate participation in the negotiation of wages and conditions. She currently has several roles within the National Tertiary Education Union, as a National Councillor, Vice President (Academic) of the Division and President of the Deakin University Branch President, in which she takes a leadership role in the trade union representing higher education workers in Australia, in addition to which she represents their collective interests in enterprise bargaining processes, and their individual interests through member advocacy.

Additional areas of expertise, which stems from her years of teaching experience in the Human Resource Management (HRM) and Management disciplines are the impact of technology on student engagement and the expectations and experiences of HRM students and graduates.

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Research interests

  • Trade union delegates and enterprise bargaining
  • Trade union strategy and structure
  • The implications of legislative change on employee rights and employer responsibilities
  • The expectations and experiences of human resource management students of graduate employment


  • Member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ.
  • Institutional Membership, Australian Human Resource Institute. 
  • Member, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria. 

Teaching interests

  • Human resource management
  • Industrial relations

Units taught

  • MMH701 - Human Resource Strategy
  • MMH331 - Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MMH232 - Human Resource Development
  • MMM240 - Organisational Behaviour
  • MMM132 - Management


  • Faculty of Business and Law Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research, 2007. 
  • Faculty of Business and Law Excellent Teaching Exemplar Award, 2009. 


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The Fair Work Act 2009 : a case of unrealised expectations

J Ferrer, L Morris, B Hearn-MacKinnon, K Saville

(2012), pp. 33-47, The Fair Work Act : revision or restitution, Heidelberg, Vic., B1


Piecing together the puzzle of graduate employment : factors that shape the graduate work expectations of human resource management students

M Parris, K Saville

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 15-24, Industry & higher education, London, England, C1


Generation Y talk about work-life balance : not so different after all?

L Cramer, M Parris, K Saville

(2011), pp. 1-16, ANZAM 2011 : 25th Annual Australian And New Zealand Academy of Management conference : the future of work and organisations, Wellington, New Zealand, E1


Exploring the factors that influence the graduate work expectations of Human Resource Management students

M Parris, K Saville

(2010), pp. 553-561, HERDSA 2010 : Refereed papers from the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Exploding the stability myth: Structural change in the Australian trade union movement, 1969-85

K Saville

(2009), Vol. 96, pp. 155-176, Labour History, C1


Collaborative inquiry using 'learning' projects

P Hagel, K Saville, M Parris, F Graetz, F Azmat

(2009), pp. 173-182, HERDSA 2009 : Higher education in a changing world : Proceeding of the 32nd annual international HERDSA Conference 2009 : The student experience, Darwin, N. T., E1


A pacific islander guest worker scheme for Australia? Lessons from New Zealand's recognised seasonal employer scheme

K Saville

(2009), Labour, capital and change : proceedings of the 23rd conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 4-6 February 2009., Newcastle, New South Wales, E1


Did workchoices deliver? Evidence from survey data

K Saville, B Hearn-Mackinnon, J Vieceli

(2009), Vol. 20, pp. 207-226, Labour and industry, Melbourne, Victoria, C1


Work choices : Increasing productivity, job creation and work-family balance? Not likely!

K Saville, B Hearn-Mackinnon, L Morris, D Waddell

(2008), pp. 1-10, AIRAANZ 2008 : Workers, corporations, and community : facing choices for a sustainable future : proceedings of the 22nd conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, Australia, E1


The evolution of work choice legislation in Australia

K Abbott, A Devey, B Hearn Mackinnon, L Morris, K Saville, D Waddell

(2007), pp. 1-22, Work choices: evolution or revolution, Heidelberg, Vic., B1


The Structural Events Approach " A Better' Way to Understand Long-term Change in Trade Union Structure: The Australian Story (1986"96)

K Saville

(2007), Vol. 49, pp. 757-773, Journal of Industrial Relations, C1


A new picture of structural change in the Australian trade union movement: 1985-1996

K Saville

(2007), pp. 1-10, AIRAANZ conference 2007 : diverging employment relations patterns in Australia and New Zealand : 7-9th February 2007, the University of Auckland, New Zealand : conference programme, Auckland, New Zealand, E1


A structural events approach to examining long-term change in the Australian trade union movement, 1969-1996

K Hose

(2003), pp. 1-10, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia, The : Reflections : New Directions, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


The Australian union merger wave revisited

K Hose, M Rimmer

(2002), Vol. 44, pp. 525-544, Journal of industrial relations, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Training in Service Coordination: An examination of Factors that Influemce Transfer of Learning to the Workplace

Dr Melissa Parris, Dr Kerrie Saville, Dr Justine Ferrer

DEWHA - National Centre of Excellence in Desalination - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

  • 2013: $10,000

Industry and Other Funding

WorkChoices - Its Impact within Australian Workplaces.

Dr Keith Abbott, Dr Bruce Hearn Mackinnon, Dr Leanne Morris, Dr Kerrie Saville

  • 2012: $10,245
  • 2010: $40,311
  • 2007: $69,153


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