A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Keith Hancock took his doctorate at the London School of Economics in 1959. He was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Adelaide before becoming the foundation Professor of Economics in the University of Adelaide at Bedford Park in 1964. Bedford Park staff were transferred to equivalent positions at Flinders University in 1966.

In 1980, Hancock became Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University. He left the University in 1987 to become a Presidential Member of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (later the Australian Industrial Relations Commission).

Since his retirement in 1997, he has held honorary appointments at Adelaide and Flinders Universities.

Keith Hancock was one of the founders of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia. He also founded the Flinders University (later the National) Institute of labour Studies.

He is a life member and former President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He has served as president of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia and the Economic Society of Australia (South Australian Branch).

For the Commonwealth Government, he chaired committees of inquiry into national superannuation and industrial relations law and systems and was a member of inquiries into employment statistics and the financial system. For the South Australian Government, he chaired an inquiry into the racing industry.

He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 1987 for services to education.

Items can be found by searching within the Hancock Collection in FindIt@Flinders:

The Hancock Collection consists of several collections donated by Keith J Hancock and general Special Collections conditions of access apply:

Hancock Papers

National Wage Case Collection

Committee of Review into Australian Industrial Relations Law and Systems

Committee to Review the Findings of the Committee of Inquiry into the Australian Financial System

South Australia. Committee of Enquiry into the Racing Industry Papers

National Superannuation Committee of Enquiry Papers 

Hancock Papers

Seminar papers, submissions, articles by professional colleagues, Industrial Relations Commission decisions, material relating to the National Wage Case and industrial relations in Australia, and Flinders University.

Professor K. J. Hancock was foundaton Professor of Economics and later Vice-Chancellor.      
Inclusive dates 1950-1996
National Wage Case Collection

Exhibits, transcript of proceedings, daily summaries, summary and applications to vary awards.
Inclusive dates 1949 -1988
National Wage Case Contents (PDF 557KB)

Please note: Part of the National Wage Case Collection is located under the National Institute of Labour Studies Collection (NILS) Collection, searchable here:

Committee of Review into Australian Industrial Relations Law and Systems

Submissions, transcript of proceedings and working papers. This is Professor Hancock's set of papers relating to the work of the Committee.
Inclusive dates 1983-1984
Deposited 19 March 1984 by Professor K.J. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee.

Committee to Review the Findings of the Committee of Inquiry Into the Australian Financial System

Working papers and submissions. This is Professor Hancock's set of the papers relating to the work of the Committee.
Inclusive dates 1983-1984
Deposited 19 March 1984 by Professor K.J. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee.

South Australia. Committee of Enquiry into the Racing Industry. Papers

3 boxes consisting of working papers, agendas, minutes, correspondence, photographs and documents. Alphabetic index to submissions, and precis of recommendations and suggestions from various organisations and persons.
Inclusive dates 1972-1974
Deposited 19 April 1984 by Professor Keith J. Hancock, Chairman of the Committee.

National Superannuation Committee of Enquiry. Papers

Working papers and submissions, correspondence, associated publications, reprints and photocopies.
Inclusive dates 1974-1977
Deposited by Professor K.J. Hancock, Chairman of the Enquiry.
Numbered documents index available.