Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2014 (Evening)
City (Melbourne) Term 3 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


  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 Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth); 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
  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%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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