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Employment law and workplace relations

Join our unique and flexible program in employment and labour law

Deepen your knowledge of the interactions between labour law, employment law, discrimination law and dispute resolution.

What is employment law and workplace relations?

This discipline of law covers myriad issues arising from the engagement of persons to perform work (through employment or otherwise), and the regulation of the collective activities of workers. This includes:

  • regulation of contracts for the performance of work
  • collective negotiation of the terms and conditions of employment
  • the legal obligations and rights applicable to employers and employees arising out of Statute, industrial instruments and common law
  • discrimination at work
  • labour rights of migrants
  • workplace health and safety
  • workplace advocacy
  • dispute resolution
  • international and comparative perspectives
  • global governance and policy
  • regulation of industrial organisations
  • workplace investigations.

Postgraduate study in employment law and workplace relations is suitable for legal professionals such as barristers, judges, magistrates and solicitors as well as non-legal professionals in human resources, industrial relations, recruitment, talent acquisition and workplace relations.

Why study employment law and workplace relations with us?

  • You’ll learn to negotiate the legal and policy issues that arise in labour law and master the difficult relationship between human resources and industrial relations through our specialist Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR) course or our flagship Master of Laws (LLM).
  • Take part in related extracurricular initiatives, including the acclaimed Employment Relations and the Law seminar series.
  • Join Australia’s largest and most specialised coursework programs in law, with 80 percent of units offered on an intensive basis.
  • Explore the latest developments within the practice and profession of law. Domestic practitioners and international visitors teach 60 percent of the program.
  • Acquire a postgraduate qualification from one of the world’s foremost law schools – ranked 12th in the world in the discipline of law by the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019.
  • Credit your units towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Khadrea Folkes, Jamaica

Khadrea Folkes
Master of Labour Law and Relations
"My enrolment at the University of Sydney’s Law School began with a decision to expand my professional frontier by pursuing a Master of Labour Law and Relations at an institution which has earned its pride of place, not just by its vintage, but also the quality of its graduates. My experience thus far has confirmed that I have made the right decision. Holistically, the law school provides a very enabling environment."
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