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LAWS13-548: Employment and Labour Relations Law


Employment and Labour Relations Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject is about the law of work and how the employment relationship - both individual and collective - is legally regulated in Australia by the common law (particularly the law of contract) and by legislation. This subject examines the principal Commonwealth legislation regulating the employment relationship - the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - in some detail with respect to minimum standards, collective bargaining, and workplace rights such as unfair dismissal laws, freedom of association and industrial action. State industrial relations legislation and its interaction with the Fair Work Act is also considered. The aim of this subject is to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and rules relevant to the law of employment and labour relations in Australia, together with the skills to apply that knowledge and understanding to factual situations.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,260

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the operation of the law of employment and in particular the legislative and common law principles and rules relevant to this area of the law. 2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship of the legal sources that govern the employment relationship. 3. Analyse a problem situation and identify and apply the legal principles and rules relevant to the resolution of the problem situation. 4. Demonstrate a high level of achievement in relation to problem solving and legal reasoning skills and the ability to read, understand and navigate legislation relevant to the area of employment law. 5. Demonstrate the capacity to undertake advanced level legal research and to write a descriptive but also analytical paper. 6. The ability to participate in oral discussion about issues and factual problems. 7. Develop good written skills.

Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

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Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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