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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to equip the student with a foundation for understanding labour law. It explores individual and collective aspects of employment in Australia, particularly in Western Australia. It falls into four main parts: (1) an examination of the contract of employment and the individual employment relationship, focusing on the formation, operation and termination of contracts of service including, in particular, various common law duties of employers and employees; (2) the federal and state legal systems of industrial relations that provide for the regulation of conditions of work including a discussion of arbitrated awards and collectively negotiated agreements, and an examination of how these industrial instruments affect the contract of employment and the individual employment relationship; (3) an examination of how the law endeavours to deal with and regulate industrial conflict, with particular attention given to the existing rules concerning protected industrial action; and (4) an overview of the law of occupational health and safety, including the principal methods of compensating employees injured at work (especially workers' compensation).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) distinguish between different forms of employment and the corresponding grounds for lawful and/or fair termination of employment; (2) apply the role of awards, collective agreements and individual agreements in regulating the employment conditions of employees; (3) analyse the remedies available to employees who believe that they have been unlawfully employed or terminated.; (4) evaluate the role and limits of lawful industrial action, including strikes and lockouts; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of the practical application of occupational health and safety legislation in the workplace.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual essay; (2) oral presentation; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Cory Fogliani
Unit rules
LAWS5555 Employee Relations Law
Contact hours
up to 3 hours seminar
Bachelor of Laws students should take LAWS3360 Employment Law instead of this unit.
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