LAW5374 - Federal labour law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Marilyn Pittard
Adjunct Professor The Hon Jennifer ActonAdjunct Professor The Hon Jennifer Acton (

Quota applies

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

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


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Previously coded as LAW7338


The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and related legislation which have enacted fundamental changes in federal labour law since the 'Work Choices' changes, will be critically examined. Topics include changes to industrial dispute resolution, enterprise bargaining and bargaining in good faith, enterprise agreements and individual arrangements, industrial action, new institutions and their roles, legislated National Employment Standards and modern awards and their enforcement, unfair dismissal, implications for employers and for unions, including right of workplace entry, and the coverage of the national system.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of, and understanding of the federal system of regulation in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to modern awards and legislated standards, bargaining, bargaining in good faith, dispute resolution and enterprise agreements, the role of individual agreements, and unfair dismissal laws
  • Conduct research in federal labour regulation based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to federal labour regulation.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

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

In appropriate cases determined by the lecturer where a student has relevant background and experience, assessment may be one research assignment (7,500 words):100%

Workload requirements

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