The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course Employment Relations explores the management of employment relations in Australia, exploring both laws and institutions beyond the workplace and management strategies within the organisation. Important points of departure are the different ideological and intellectual perspectives on the employment relationship. The course will be especially valuable to managers seeking a better understand Australia's system of employment relations, and the strategic options available in the Australian context, and their potential risks and benefits. Several guest speakers will add practical insights.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 3 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain key concepts in employment relations.

2. Demonstrate an appreciation of key historical and cultural changes in the nature of work and the employment relationship.

3. Analyse a range of laws, institutional structures and managerial practices in employment relations across countries.

4. Apply the skills necessary to analyse problems and develop managerial solutions to employment relations problems at both national and workplace levels


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Ideological and intellectual perspectives on the employment relationship.
  2. The parties to employment relations.
  3. The role of the state in structuring employment relations (especially the Fair Work Act, the safety net and other statutory minimum standards).
  4. Different forms of employee representation (union and non-union).
  5. Legal and strategic aspects of collective bargaining and direct engagement.
  6. The role of external agencies (especially the Fair Work Commission).
  7. The implications of different employment relations regimes for equity and efficiency at both organisational and national levels.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Presentation: Group Presentation

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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

This course will be offered in intensive mode equivalent to the above hours.