LAW240 Industrial Law (8)


This subject is designed to provide students with an overview and an introduction of the collective aspects of industrial law in Australia. LAW240 covers the sources of industrial law, the constitutional basis of industrial law, the contents of a federal award, the meaning of an industrial organisation and industrial action, the purpose of enterprise agreements, and the wage fixation principles. Each of these core areas shall be examined, reviewed and assessed in light of the impact of legislative changes from the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth), to the Work Choices legislation in 2006 and the introduction of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW240
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session.HD/FLSchool of Accounting and Finance

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the constitutional basis of industrial law;
  • be able to identify and describe the significance of the collective aspects of industrial law in Australia;
  • be able to define the concepts 'industry' and 'industrial dispute';
  • be able to explain how industrial organisations play a part in industry and industrial dispute, within the restraints of common law and federal legislation; and
  • be able to identify and discuss the various industrial instruments used in relation to Australia's National Employment Standards, and their impact on wages and conditions of employment.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • introduction to industrial law;
  • the constitutional basis of industrial law;
  • what is an industry?
  • what is an industrial dispute?
  • the contents of federal awards;
  • industrial action;
  • industrial organisations;
  • Australian federal industrial legislation.
  • awards, enterprise agreements and wage fixation; and


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.