Course Title: Labour Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Labour Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Anthony Forsyth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 13.2.50

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course examines the individual employment relationship and collective labour relations. Topics will include the development of Australian labour law and the constitutional framework; international influences on the development of labour law; the National Employment Standards; modern awards; enterprise agreements; the regulation of trade unions and the regulation of industrial action and industrial disputes.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.       identify the way in which Australian workplace relations laws are shaped by the constitutional powers of the Commonwealth

2.       apply the creation, incidents and termination of the individual employment contract

3.       apply statutory employment standards

4.       apply the different means of setting and maintaining minimum working conditions, including the operation and enforcement of awards and agreements

5.      critique the policy behind and operation of laws concerning industrial action

6.    critique the development of Australian labour law in an international context. 


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

• Leading class discussion on legal problems and policy issues.
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching.
• Class presentations
• Participation in group activities

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed text for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.

Learning Hub
This course is supported online using the Learning Hub of myRMIT. This gives access to important announcements; staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at

Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Juris Doctor program use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress.
Generally, the assessment you will face may include assignments, class presentations, individual assignments and an end of semester examination.