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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Mr Mark Hayes


This unit examines the structure, function and powers of local government in Victoria and provides a detailed examination of the Local Government Act 1989 and other related legislation.


On completion of this unit, students will have an understanding of:

  1. the framework for local government in the context of recent legislative developments (namely the introduction of the Local Government Act 1989)
  2. the framework of the Local Government Act 1989 in the context of other legislation affecting the powers and functions of local government
  3. the structure of local government
  4. the powers councils have to attain their objectives, purposes and functions.


Research paper (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Mark Hayes

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)