Intro to Employment & IR Law - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Enterprise agreement (35%) , Assignment 2 - Letter of advice (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit introduces students to a range of introductory legal issues concerning Employment and Industrial Relations Law in Australia. This unit considers the way legal regulation governs workplace relationships and conditions of employment. The unit content revolves around the fixing of employment conditions, rights and obligations through the federal regime via the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This is not a comprehensive study of collective and individual labour law, but it will introduce students to a range of technical and academic materials and questions, informed by insights from industrial relations or employment law practice. Interrelationships with contract, constitutional and tort law are explored on the way. The unit will focus on Commonwealth government employment law, but will also give a brief overview of Australian state employment law systems.

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

  1. identify the key provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and understand an overview of the employment law systems in Australian states
  2. negotiate, draft and seek approval of an enterprise agreement
  3. advise on unfair dismissals and general protection dismissals
  4. advise on methods of resolving disputes in the workplace other than by litigation
  5. advise on unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace
  6. apply the law on unlawful discrimination and harassment
  7. initiate and respond to an industrial claim.
  • Assignment 1 — Enterprise agreement (35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Letter of advice (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Industrial claim (35%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LAW7304 — Introduction to Employment and Industrial Relations Law

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The employer-employee relationship
2Awards and agreements
3Unfair dismissals and disputes
4Unlawful discrimination and harassment
5Legal representation in industrial claim

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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  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.
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