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Employment Law (LAWS30029)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeLAWS30029
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

A survey of the law governing employment and human resource management, in a policy context.

This subject includes analysis of:

  • Recruitment and contract formation;
  • Employment standards such as wages and leave entitlements;
  • Bullying at work;
  • Collective bargaining; and
  • Performance management and dismissal.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed the subject should have:

  • Acquired a general knowledge of the law that governs employment and human resource management;
  • Obtained an understanding of key aspects of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the main case law interpreting those parts of the Act;
  • Obtained an understanding of anti-discrimination legislation and work health and safety statutes; and
  • Acquired specialised knowledge in key areas of employment law of relevance to policy debates in the field.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Students who have completed the below subject are not permitted to take LAWS30029 Employment Law:

  • LAWS30029 Work and the Law

Recommended background knowledge

It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least 100 points of undergraduate study before enrolling in this subject. The subject level is an indicator as to the difficulty of the subject and expected workload.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Class participation (10%);
  • 2,000 word essay on one of several questions set by the subject coordinator, due by the end of week 6 (30%); and
  • Two-hour open-book examination, during the examination period (60%).

The due date of the above assessment will be available to students via the Assessment Schedule on the LMS Community.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    • Specialist printed materials will be available from the University Co-Op Bookshop. These materials will also be available online via the LMS.
  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    If required, please contact law-admissions@unimelb.edu.au for subject coordinator approval.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019