Employment Law

10 Units

Employment Law deals with the law governing the formation, content and termination of employment relationships. The complex integration of the body of federal and state statutes, industrial instruments and the common law contract of employment which regulate paid work relationships will be examined.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of the complex body of law which governs the employment relationship;
  2. Critically examine the policies which underpin this body of law;
  3. Demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills to understand the evolving nature of employment law;
  4. Apply the knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in further developing the capacity to apply rules of law.

The topics in this course include:

  1. Introduction to Employment Law in Australia
  2. Distinguishing employment contracts from other legal arrangements for getting work done
  3. Employment contracts: creation, terms and enforcement
  4. Loyalty, control, performance management and discipline
  5. The constitutional framework
  6. Overview of statutory employment rights and obligations: sources and dispute resolution/enforcement
  7. Minimum statutory entitlements
  8. Awards
  9. Enterprise agreements
  10. Unfair and discriminatory work practices
  11. Termination of employment contracts
  12. Unlawful and unfair dismissal
  13. Industrial action
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Assessment Items
  • Report: Research Assignment
  • Participation: Seminar participation and contribution
  • Formal Examination: Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for LAWS6024
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