Fellows Detail

Emeritus Professor Joe Isaac AO

BA (Hons), BCom (Melbourne), PhD (London), Hon DEcon (Monash), Hon DCom (Melbourne), Hon LLD (Macquarie), Honorary Fellow (LSE)

Elected: 1971

Discipline: Economics

Specialisation: Labour market issues


Prior to his retirement in March 2015, Emeritus Professor Joe Isaac was a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Management, University of Melbourne for 26 years. He was Chair of the General Insurance Claims Review Panel from 1993 to 1998. He was invited by the ILO in 1962 to report on wages policy for Ghana. In 2002, he was asked to advise on suitable research projects to be supported by the ILO in Indonesia.  He has been back with further ILO consultancies for both Indonesia and Timor Leste.  His interest in Indonesia go back to 1945 when he accompanied Mr Macmahon Ball, Head of the Australian Mission attached to British Military Headquarters.in Batavia. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he advised the Department of Teritories on wages and industrial relations matters in Papua New Guinea. Together with Professor Stuart Macintyre, he was commissioned to edit a centenary history of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (and its antecedents) which was publishedby Cambridge University Press in 2004.


1997-2015        Professorial Fellow, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne

2002-2008        Consultant, ILO, Jakarta on Indonesian and Timor Leste wages policy

1991-2001        Chair, General Insurance Claims Review Panel.

1988-90            Chairperson, Qantas Pilots Grievance Board

1988-89            Member, Higher Education Review Committee, Western Australia

1985-87            President, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

1980-88            Deputy Chancellor, Monash University

1985-86            Member OECD High Level Committee on Labour Market Flexibility

1978                 G A Miller Visiting Professor University of Illinois

Since 1977      Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

1974-87            Deputy President, Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission

1974-76            Member, Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration

1971-72            Overseas Fellow Churchill College, Cambridge

1969                  President, Economic Society of Australia and New Zealand

1965-73            Professor of Economics, Monash University

1964-65             Foundation President, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

1962-64             Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne



AO 1989

Jubilee Medal 1978

Centenary Medal 2003

Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics, since 1977

Fellow, Queen’s College, University of Melbourne since 1964 -2007

Melbourne Graduate School of Management Medal, 1977

Medal in Recognition of Contribution to the Australian Public Service on its Centenary 19 June 2001

The AIRAANZ Vic Taylor Distinguished Long-Term Contribution Award 2008

The Industrial Relations Society of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in the field of industrial relations presented at the International Industrial Relations Association World Congress 2009

Economic Adviser, Municipality of Maanshan, China, 2011

The Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, 2012 Alumnus of Distinction Award

2013 Living Treasure, Sir Richard Kirby Archives

Patron, The Economic and Labour Relations Review

2015 Jubilee Fellow, ASSA

2016 Distinguished Fellow, Economic Society of Australia


Email: jei [at] bigpond.com

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