Labour Law - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%) , Research Paper (50%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

This unit examines the individual employment relationship and collective labour relations. Topics will include the development of Australian labour law and the constitutional framework; international influences on the development of labour law; the National Employment Standards; modern awards; enterprise agreements; the regulation of trade unions and the regulation of industrial action and industrial disputes.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the Australian Labour Law system including the contract of employment, national employment standards, modern awards, enterprise agreements, collective bargaining and industrial action, as well as international influences on Australian labour regulation;
  2. critically evaluate the Australian Labour Law system in the context of broader labour relations policy and identify areas for reform;
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to Australian Labour Law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to Australian Labour Law and generate appropriate responses.
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Research Paper (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

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.

1The development of Australian labour law and the constitutional framework
2The regulation of industrial action and industrial
3The historical and contemporary role and use of co
4The changing nature of awards and agreements
5Examination of the role and function of institutions
6Advocate and the Fair Pay Commission
7The regulation of trade unions
8The Victorian regulatory system

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is an approved elective 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Australian Labour & Employment Law

    By:Marilyn Pittard & Richard Naug

    ISBN: 9780409336016


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Fair Work Legislation 2015


    ISBN: 9780455236131


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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