Labour Law - 2017

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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 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%) , Research Paper (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

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.

On completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify the way in which Australian workplace relations laws are shaped by the constitutional powers of the Commonwealth
  2. apply the creation, incidents and termination of the individual employment contract
  3. apply statutory employment standards
  4. apply the different means of setting and maintaining minimum working conditions, including the operation and enforcement of awards and agreements
  5. critique the policy behind and operation of laws concerning industrial action
  6. critique the development of Australian labour law in an international context.
  • 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

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

3The Individual Employment Relationship
4Termination of Employment
5Modern Awards
6Collective Bargaining and Enterprise Agreements
7Industrial Action

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.

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Required textbooks

  • Labour law

    By:Creighton & Stewart

    ISBN: 9781760020552


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Fair Work Legislation 2016

    By:Thomson Reuters

    ISBN: 9780455238203


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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