Employment Law

Course code LAWS5009
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


The course deals with the law governing the formation, content and termination of employment relationships. The complex body of federal and state statutes which regulate paid work relationships, as well as common law rules, will be examined.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate developed knowledge and critical understanding of the complex body of law which governs the employment relationship;

2. Critically evaluate policies which underpin this body of law;

3. Critically analysis the evolving nature of employment law;

4. Make judgments in the application of rules of law.

5. Work productively and cooperatively within a group.


The topics to be covered are:

  1. Introduction to Employment Law in Australia
  2. Distinguishing employment contracts from other legal arrangements for getting work done
  3. Employment contracts: creation, terms and enforcement
  4. Loyalty, control, performance management and discipline
  5. The constitutional framework
  6. Overview of statutory employment rights and obligations: sources and dispute resolution/enforcement
  7. Minimum statutory entitlements
  8. Awards
  9. Enterprise agreements
  10. Unfair and discriminatory work practices
  11. Termination of employment contracts
  12. Unlawful and unfair dismissal
  13. Industrial action


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Mid-semester assignment

Formal Examination: Examination

Participation: Group seminar participation and contribution

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term