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-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete 60 CP'S LAW level 1 subjects and 60 CP'S of LAW level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Stewart's Guide to Employment Law

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorStewart, A.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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 (Cth2009 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.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 hours seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Three online assessed quizzes (600 words)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Legal advice 1000 words maximumN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Research essay 2,500 words maximumN/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5