Course Title: Labour Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Labour Law

Credit Points: 12.00


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 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2023


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


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

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

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.