This unit critically examines aspects of industrial law required for highly skilled professional practice in the vocational aspects of employment laws. Students will respond to authentic problems, proficiently applying and adapting the skills necessary to propose optimal solutions to legal problems which may arise in contemporary and emerging industrial arenas. Critical and creative thinking will inform strategizing techniques and the ability to substantiate or validate innovative resolutions to challenges which may arise in professional practice such as contract of employment; termination of employment; worker's safety; and equal opportunity law.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the ways in which the common law impacts on the employment relationships;  
  2. Identify and apply legislation that applies to the employer/employee relationship including occupational health and safety legislation;  
  3. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches informing legal principles and analyse their application across a range of employment contract categories;  
  4. Discriminate between the rights and responsibilities of parties to a contract of employment in a dispute situation;  
  5. Critique the legitimacy of a termination of employment and justify conclusions through the presentation of corroborating evidence;  
  6. Analyse scenarios representing common employment disputes to recommend suitable resolution measures or outcomes and to hypothesise likely outcomes; and  
  7. Exemplify professional judgement in applying the procedures for establishing an enterprise bargain agreement that demonstrates a critical understanding of the organisation or section's community practice/values and an individual's responsibilities within these.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Research Assignment 3000 words 30%
Examination Examination 3 hours with 15 min reading time 70%

Required reading

Principles of Employment Law 4th ed
Price & Nielsen; 2012
Thomson Reuters

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