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BTX9070 - Labour relations law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader: Ms Carolyn Sutherland


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)


The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills, and an understanding of the collective aspects of the employment relationship, with a focus on the federal jurisdiction. In this regard, the unit examines the development of Australian labour law and includes consideration of the constitutional framework, conciliation and arbitration, the changing nature of awards, the role of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes, termination of employment, freedom of association and the regulation of trade unions.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • identify a wide range of legal concepts and issues affecting collective labour relations
  • apply the legal principles from relevant cases to hypothetical scenarios
  • assess the role and impact of the law on workplace relations
  • evaluate the competing aims and purposes of labour law.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Take-home examination: 70%



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