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Unit Overview


This unit involves a study of the nature, function and regulation of companies in Australia. It examines the internal structure and governance of the company with an emphasis on duties owed by directors to the company; rights and remedies available to members; and corporate liability in tort, contract and criminal law. Consideration is also given to formation, finance and external administration issues. Where it is necessary to narrow the focus of learning, priority is given to issues that generally affect all companies.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate sound understanding of legal principles relating to (a) the nature, functions, formation, financing, internal structure, rules and governance of companies; (b) the duties owed by company directors; (c) rights and remedies available to members of a company; and (d) corporate liability in tort, contract and criminal law; (2) deal competently with and demonstrate understanding of the differences between relevant general law and statutory sources of company law; (3) identify relevant facts and legal issues in a hypothetical corporations law scenario; (4) apply corporations law principles to provide written and oral advice on complex factual scenarios involving companies; (5) locate, synthesise and analyse relevant material from primary and secondary sources to engage in high-level discussion on policy matters relevant to the corporate context; and (6) show a willingness and ability to contribute constructively to class discussion.


Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods which may include tutorial attendance and participation, an optional assignment and an end-of-semester examination. Further assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rebecca Faugno
Unit rules
LAWS1130 Legal Process, LAWS1102 Contract II,
and LAWS1108 Torts II
Advisable prior study
LAWS2203 Trusts,
and LAWS4401 Constitutional Law II
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per fortnight

Austin, R. P. and Ramsay, I. M. Ford's Principles of Corporations Law, 15th edn: LexisNexis Butterworths 2012 (or latest edition)


Australian Corporations and Securities Legislation, vol. 1: CCH 2013 (or latest edition)


Australian Corporations Legislation 2013: LexisNexis Butterworths 2013 (or latest edition)


Corporations Legislation 2013: Thomson Lawbook Co. 2013 (or latest edition)

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