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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Day)


Topics include: federal system of regulating workplace relations; the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth), industrial disputes and their resolution, setting of terms and conditions of employment, the role of bargaining and industrial action v arbitration, the role and content of workplace agreements and how they are made and approved, impact of the Work Choices legislative amendments; the powers of institutions relevant to federal workplace relations; legal issues including the role of the Constitution, the nature of 'deregulation' of IR, the safety net, alternative dispute resolution, rights of unionists and non-unionists, problems of home-workers, and the role of international conventions.


On completion of this unit students should

  1. understand the legal framework for workplace relations in contemporary Australia;
  2. understand the role which the legislature, the courts, tribunals and international bodies have have played in developing the legal framework for Australian industrial relations; and
  3. be able to critically evaluate the legal operation of the federal system of dispute settlement and of determining conditions of employment by collective or individual agreements.


Class test (1hour plus 10 minutes reading time) or written research assignment subject to lecturer approval 1250 words: 25%
Examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading time): 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Karen Wheelwright

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


LAW3200 OR LAW3201