Employment Law

Course code LEGL3111
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


Governments construct the labour relations framework through legislation and regulation. Employment Law examines the contract of employment and the various sources of law that interact with and have an impact upon the relationship between individual employer and employee; legislation, awards, industrial agreements and the common law of contract. Adopting a problem based learning approach using contemporary case studies accommodates the development of research, analysis and communication attributes.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse the importance of the unique contract which is the contract of employment and its role in determining individual relations between employers and employees in the workplace

2. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the sources of law which shape the contract of employment

3. Explain how the relationship of employer and employee is identified

4. Define the life cycle of the contract of employment from its formation to its termination

5. Interpret common law obligations owed by employers and employees under the contract and the great impact of statute on this contract

6. Investigate solutions to employment issues and problems based on research and interpretation of current employment legislation.

7. Recognise the legal, social and equity implications of appropriate business practice and ethical conduct.

8. Communicate in written formats appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.


The major 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. Overview of statutory employment rights and obligations: sources, coverage and dispute resolution/enforcement
  6. Minimum statutory entitlements
  7. Awards
  8. Enterprise agreements
  9. Discrimination and victimisation
  10. Termination of employment contracts
  11. Remedies for Wrongful or Unfair Termination
  12. Industrial Action

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LEGL2004. Students who have successfully completed LEGL2004 are not eligible to enrol in LEGL3111.


This course replaces LEGL2004. If you have successfully completed LEGL2004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

LEGL1001, IRHR2010

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Participation: Seminar participation and contribution

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term