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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The employer-employee relationship
    • Awards and agreements
    • Unfair dismissals and disputes
    • Unlawful discrimination and harassment
    • Legal representation in industrial claim
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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 3 - Industrial claim (35%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-LAW7304

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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