Regulation of Employment Relationships (IRL120) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

This unit examines the system of laws governing the employment relationship in Australia, the policy issues concerning the role of law in employment relations and introduces legal research methods, interpretation of case and statute law and legal writing. It provides you with an opportunity to learn about the system of laws which regulate individual and collective employment relationships in a way which will equip you with life-long skills necessary to find and understand the law in our rapidly changing legal environment.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the practical background in labour law and the legal research, analysis and writing skills necessary for their future roles in the workplace as industrial relations, employment relations and human resource management specialists
  2. identify and describe the primary sources of labour law in Australia, the role of law in labour relations, common law and legislative rights and obligations of employees and employers
  3. identify and describe the social issues underpinning labour law and the policy issues flowing from the legal principles and case law
  4. understand how the law regulates the formation, terms and termination of the contract of employment, unfair dismissal, health & safety at work, discrimination at work, and unfair employment practices
  5. understand the statutory processes by which the parties in employment relations might reach resolution of disputes and determine conditions of employment
  6. understand the law regulating award making, bargaining and industrial conflict; and describe and analyse the dynamic nature of labour law (particularly legislation and case law) as an indicator and driver of social and political change
  7. identify and analyse the relevant legal issues in relation to legal hypothetical problems
  8. identify the material facts in a case, apply the relevant law to those facts and reach a valid conclusion
  9. understand the issues in applying labour law in organisations.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Skills of legal research, analysis writing
2The evolution of Australian labour law
3Nature of employment relationship
4Contract of employment
5Unfair dismissal
6Occupational health and safety law
7Discrimination law and the workplace
8Role of Federal constitution
9Collective instruments: awards & certified agreements
10Individual agreements: Workplace Agreements
11Unions and the law
12Industrial action and the law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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