BTX3991 - Employment law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dominique Allen (Second semester)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


BTF1010 or equivalent


Understanding how work is regulated in Australia today is important to anyone aspiring to work in a business-related field. This unit introduces students to the legal rules, processes, institutions and actors that regulate employment in contemporary Australia. The unit has a practical focus, exploring the relevance and operation of legal rules through their application to common workplace issues and using real-world examples. The unit also engages with policy debates about the impact and adequacy of the legal rules. Topics covered include the contract of employment and other common work arrangements, minimum standards under the Fair Work Act 2009, collective bargaining and industrial action, workplace health and safety, and legal rules around fair treatment and non-discrimination at work.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand and critically engage with key policy debates concerning how work in its various forms should be regulated in contemporary Australia
  2. navigate Australia's complex and dynamic system of employment regulation, including demonstrating an understanding of the different sources of employment law and the role and powers of key regulatory institutions
  3. demonstrate a knowledge of key features of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) in relation to both individual and collective employment relations; and of anti-discrimination and workplace health and safety legislation
  4. identify and apply the relevant legal rules to common workplace issues in order to form a view as to likely legal options and outcomes.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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