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Unit Code
Unit Title
LAW407 Mooting
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW422 Evidence
LAW423 Criminal and Civil Procedure
LAW450 Equity
LAW451 Civil Procedure
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW452 Legal Ethics
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW453 Legal Theory
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW454 Remedies
LAW455 Mooting
LAW602 Foundations of Media and Information Technology Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW603 Labour Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW604 Competition Law
LAW606 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW607 Corporations Law 2
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW608 Law of Nations
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW609 Comparative Administrative Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW610 International Environmental Law
LAW612 Jurisprudence
LAW615 Criminology
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW617 Comparative Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW619 Biotechnology Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW622 Concepts of Property
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW623 International Humanitarian Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW624 Dispute Resolution
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW625 Law Review
LAW626 Sports Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW627 Parliamentary Law and Practice
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW628 Advocacy
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW629 Animal Law
LAW630 International Criminal Procedure
LAW631 International Law
LAW634 Human Rights
LAW636 Law of the European Union
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW637 Jessup Moot
LAW638 Criminology
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW639 Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
LAW640 Dispute Resolution
LAW641 Environmental Law
LAW652 Media Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW662 Tax 1
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW663 International Trade Law
LAW664 Intellectual Property
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW669 Consumer Protection
LAW670 Information Technology Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW677 International Criminal Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW678 Comparative Family Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW679 Supervised Research Paper
LAW681 Family 1 - the Family and the Child
LAW682 Family 2 - Financial Aspects of Family Law
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW683 Succession
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW684 Conflicts (Private International Law)
LAW688 Sentencing
LAW692 Jessup Moot
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW693 Transitional Governance
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW695 Law and Ethics of Health Care
(Not Offered 2014)
LAW696 Professional Conduct

2014 LAW603 Labour Law

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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Not Offered


This unit introduces individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship with a focus on the balance of rights and duties between an employer and an employee. In particular, students will be encouraged to explore the extent to which an appropriate balance is achieved by the Fair Work Act (FWA) especially in relation to national employment standards, modern awards, various types of leave, adverse action, protections for casual employees and contractors and unfair dismissal. Recent developments in these areas will be covered, as will their justification under prevailing policy settings and the role of Fair Work Australia.

Analysis will be given of the operation of the common law, federal law on employment terms and conditions and the tension between freedom of contract and collective entitlement will be examined. Critical discussion will be offered on: (i) the effect of recent attempts at modernization of federal labour law; (ii) the regulatory reach of federal law in light of the popularity of new types of work relationships; (iii) the decentralization of bargaining on pay and conditions and its relationship to new federal minima; (iv) the work/life balance and new 'family friendly' provisions in the FWA; and (v) the relationships between constitutional powers and the scope of federal labour law; the common law and statutory regulation; and domestic labour law and the international regulatory environment.

The topics covered by the unit are grouped into three sections:

Formative issues

  • * 1. Identifying employment relationships
  • * 2. Contractors and casual employment
  • * 3. Key rights and duties of employment
  • * 4. Minimum employment standards under Federal law

Statutory standards and processes

  • * 5. Federal labour law under the constitution and in international comparison
  • * 6. Employment termination and notice; federal unfair dismissal laws and adverse action

  • * 7. Grounds of discrimination and liability in the workplace
  • * 8. Modern awards
  • * 9. Federal enterprise agreements

Particular duty situations

  • * 10. Workplace safety (Occupational Health and Safety and workers' compensation)
  • * 11. Fidelity, trust and confidence
  • * 12. Workplace rights and new work relationships
  • * 13. Penalty rates, small business and anti-social working hours

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: Active tutorial participation (20%);a problem-based 1500 word assignment (20%); 60% open-book exam.

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hour seminar weekly, and one 1 hour tutorial fortnightly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
About Flexible Study Options

Prereq Either LAW221,LAW222,LAW223,LAW224,LAW225,LAW226, LAW204,LAW205 OR LAW250,LAW251 LAW252,LAW253,LAW254,LAW255,LAW256,LAW204

STAFF: R Price

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