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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students are provided with an introduction to the law of employment and labour relations. They study the principles and practices relating to the creation, categorisation, conduct and termination of the employment relationship. They also examine the roles of common law, awards, legislation, tribunals, collective bargaining and personnel practices in regulating the relationship. The unit is designed to develop awareness of legal obligations and options relevant to the management of employment and labour relations, and is taught in the context of contemporary issues in labour regulation.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJillian Murray

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into LVLUE or LVLUEB or LBLGE or LVLGEB or LWLAC or LWLEC or LWLFI or LWLINT or LWLPS or LWLPSB or LWLSCB or LWLSC or LWLATB or LWLAT or LWLME or LWLBUSB or LWLBUS or LVLG or LVL or LWLC or LWLA or LWLIR or LWLMS or LWLBS or LWLS or LWLB or LWLBB or LWLSB or LWLAB or LWLE or LWLF or LWLPSB. LLB students. LLB students must have passed LAW2CTA. Students in other degrees must have passed an equivalent subject which provides a foundation knowledge of Contract Law.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects The unit is an alternative to LAW30ELR, which is available only to LLB students and assumes a greater preparation in the foundations of law

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsStewart's Guide to Employment LawPrescribedStewart, A.MOST RECENT EDITION TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically understand the scope and functions of employment law in 21st Century Australia.


02. Recognise a contract of employment and explicate some of the basic ways in which law shapes its creation, performance and termination.


03. Understand the role and function of the Fair Work Act (Cth) 2009 in Australia#s labour law system, and engage in a conceptual analysis of law and policy in relation to contemporary employment issues.


04. Apply legal problem solving skills to a range of employment law issues in ways which are technically accurate and, where appropriate, strategically creative.


05. Undertake basic legal research into a nominated employment law topic.


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJillian Murray

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 32 - 43
Eleven 2.0 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Eleven 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
2 hour examination50
2,000 word essay50