AHRI agreement to internationalise Australian HR

by Tammy Buckley03 Dec 2014

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is forging stronger connections with Kiwi and Canadian HR professionals due to a new agreement with two leading HR associations.

AHRI has around 20,000 members from Australia and across the globe.

AHRI has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Canada. HRPA is the professional regulatory body and the professional association for HR professionals in Ontario, Canada. It oversees more than 21,000 members in 28 chapters across the province.

According to HRINZ, the agreement is the first step towards a closer working relationship between the three organisations, and signals an ongoing commitment to building connections and strengthening the profession through global networks.

It is anticipated that the agreement will bring a number of benefits for each organisation in potential areas such as programmes, product and resource sharing across geographies, exchanges and international study tours, joint research and the mutual recognition of professional designations.

AHRI CEO Lyn Goodear, said that the agreement will be beneficial for all three parties.

"In view of the increasing impact of global influences on the economic and business context within which professional associations operate, it makes a great deal of sense for associations of like mind to work in unison to achieve common objectives. Representing the Australian HR profession, I am therefore delighted to be entering into a partnership with our HR counterparts in Canada and New Zealand to explore opportunities and synergies to work in collaboration for our mutual benefit".

The leaders of HPRA and HRINZ echoed his sentiments, with Bill Greenhalgh, HRPA CEO, commenting "we live in an increasingly interconnected world economy. While each country has its unique cultural and legal characteristics, the professionalisation of HR needs exchangeable, valued and credible designations based on a global body of knowledge. The understanding with Australia and New Zealand that we announce reflects this need".

HRINZ Chief Executive, Chris Till said the organisation was “honoured” to be partnering with the Australian and Canadian associations.

"We truly live in a global village, and as the professional body for human resource practitioners and people managers in New Zealand, it is important that HRINZ has strong, broad and valuable connections and networks worldwide... We are certain that this will have many benefits for our members as well as for the human resources profession as a whole in New Zealand and globally," he said.


  • by lawrenc 6/12/2014 11:55:23 AM

    I think an ASEAN tie up would work wonders for the region in terms of collaboration & cooperation. Why dont we have SHRI lead this initiative as a key player in region.

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