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LAW7083 - Law of employee relations

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Mr Richard Naughton/Mr Bruce Moore


City (Melbourne) First semester 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


  1. the contract of employment: the rights and obligations of employers and employees; rights in respect of unfair dismissal and redundancy, and remedies for breach;
  2. industrial awards: the role of awards in employment relations; making awards and resolving disputes at federal level; the role of industrial tribunals; legal constraints and regulation of award making powers; enforcement; role of unions in arbitration;
  3. collective and individual agreements under the Commonwealth Workplace Relations Act 1996; process of negotiation; legal status of such agreements; procedures for enforcement; role of unions and industrial tribunals;
  4. legislative prescription of minimum entitlements.


On completion of this unit students will have acquired

  1. a knowledge of the law relating to employee relations in Australia, the sources of rights and obligations between employers and employees and the processes of resolving employer-employee disputes;
  2. an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical bases underpinning the resolution of industrial disputes and the determination of relationships between employer and employees in Australia; and
  3. an appreciation of the operation in practice of the systems of dispute resolution and determination in Australia.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Class participation: 10%
Take home examination (3,000 words): 40%

Contact hours

24 hours

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