Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Employment Law deals with the law governing the formation, content and termination of employment relationships. The complex integration of the body of federal and state statutes, industrial instruments and the common law contract of employment which regulate paid work relationships will be examined.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate specialised advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of the complex body of law which governs the employment relationship;

2. Critically examine the policies which underpin this body of law;

3. Demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills to understand the evolving nature of employment law;

4. Apply the knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in further developing the capacity to apply rules of law.


The topics to be covered are:

  1. Introduction to Employment Law in Australia
  2. The constitutional framework
  3. Distinguishing employment contracts from other legal arrangements for getting work done
  4. Overview of sources of law for determining employment rights and obligations
  5. Minimum statutory entitlements
  6. Awards
  7. Enterprise agreements
  8. Remuneration and leave
  9. Loyalty, conrtol, performance managment and discipline
  10. Unfair work practices
  11. Enforcement of obligations and dispute relolution
  12. Termination of emplyoment contracts
  13. Unlawful and unfair dismissal


Students must be active in the M Human Resources and Law [40140] and have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in LEGL6004


be active in the below programs to enrol in this course.

Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (JD) [12334]

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [12340]

Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [12341]

Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [12342]

Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws(Honours) [12343]

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [12346]

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Diploma of Legal Practice [12347]

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [12348]

Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40036]

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40037]

Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40129]

Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40130]

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40150]

Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40188]

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40189]

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40272].

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

LAWS6005 Property

Assessment items

Report: Research Assignment

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Online

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.