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LAWS5146: Labour Law

2024 unit information

This unit of study examines the legal regulation of work relationships in Australia in the 21st century. The course is designed to equip students with a broad understanding of the legal rules, principles and institutions which form Australias system of workplace relations and to place that system in its global context.The course concentrates primarily on the employment relationship (distinct from other types of commercial arrangements under which work is performed) and will examine the way in which that relationship is regulated by private contract law and statute.The course offers both a theoretical and practical focus. Students are invited to reflect on the role of legal regulation of work relationships, and to critically assess the effectiveness of Australias laws. By completing this unit of study, student should acquire:- A general understanding of the system of workplace relations in Australia, and the way that system has developed in recent years.- Knowledge and understanding of the legal responsibilities of employers and employees at the workplace.- A working knowledge of the framework and operation of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS5146
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS3446 or LAWS6071
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse the evolution and current framework of workplace relations in Australia, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
  • LO2. Critically evaluate the legal responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace.
  • LO3. Communicate and critique workplace relations law, applying it to various labour and workplace contexts.
  • LO4. Synthesise information to provide well-founded and critical advice on workplace matters, including the analysis of court judgments and tribunal decisions.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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