Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Anthony Forsyth


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 and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The unit examines the development of Australian labour law and includes consideration of the constitutional framework, modern awards, the role of Fair Work Australia and other regulatory bodies, enterprise bargaining and good faith bargaining, the regulation of industrial action, and unfair dismissal protections.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

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


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (take-home): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Anthony Forsyth

Contact hours

3 hours per week