The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the underlying principles that make up the employment contract. These principles are drawn from two sources. Whilst the employment contract is a creature of the common law, it is increasingly affected by legislative intervention. Thus, both the common law approach to the control of the employment contract as well as legislative modification will be considered.

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BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

BLB1102 - Contracts 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Synthesise fundamental areas of legal knowledge including the underlying principles and concepts related to employment law in Australia;  
  2. Initiate creative solutions to complex employment law problems based on thorough analysis, legal reasoning and research;  
  3. Identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues with initiative and judgement;  
  4. Elucidate legal principles, problems and possible solutions effectively to both legal and non-legal audiences; and  
  5. Exemplify accountability for self-management of independent learning in a continuously changing 21st century professional world.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Analyse and report on a contemporary case 20%
Assignment Written assessment 30%
Examination Final examination 50%

Required reading

Macken's Law of Employment 8th ed
Macken, O'Grady, Sappideen and Warburton 2016
Thomson Reuters, Sydney.

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