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LAWS12071 - Australian Employment Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The issues surrounding the regulation of employment in Australia represents one of the last significant areas of policy difference between the major political parties in Australia. Consequently, both parties have instituted major legislative reform in this area in the last 10 years resulting in the coalition's “Work Choices" in the introduction by the Australian Labor Party of the Fair Work Act in 1990. The purpose of this unit is to allow students an overview of the common law and legislation which regulates the employment relationship within Australia. You will consider different approaches to the issues around the regulation of employment from the protective view through to economic rationalism and the libertarian approach. The unit allows you to consider issues around the constitutional framework for employment law, the creation of the employment contract, employment conditions including enterprise agreements and occupational health and safety as well as termination of employment and issues around collective-bargaining.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.9% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student email.
Thank you. Yes, I enjoy the course. You teach, from the heart, you genuinely and generously, encourage and support your students to learn.
Continue to encourage students in their work.
Action Taken
Unit was changed to intensive mode using workbook assessment. Weekly online tutorials available for six weeks.
Source: Direct feedback from students
Teaching in intensive mode over six weeks and then having the take home paper in week 13, some seven weeks after the material ended put the students at a disadvantage and was less than desirable.
Consider a take-home paper immediately after the intensive unit has completed in week six or seven at the latest.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply Australian employment law, as encapsulated in legislation and common law, to practical issues.
  2. Research, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources of employment law in Australia.
  3. Interpret legal principles in the analysis of employment law disputes to identify obligations, rights and remedies and to provide solutions to these problems.
  4. Use skills in team work, communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Examination