Australian Employment Law

Unit code: BLB4135 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context
BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods
BLB1102 - Contracts 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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