Available in 2018
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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2018

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 employmeny 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 OR be active in the Juris Doc/G Dip Legal Practice (12334) to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Report: Research Assignment

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks