LAW240 Industrial Law (8)

This subject is designed to provide students with an overview of, and an introduction to, the collective aspects of industrial law in Australia. The subject 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 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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-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

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Assumed Knowledge

LAW110 or LAW112

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 analyse 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, discuss and analyse the various industrial instruments used in relation to Australia's National Employment Standards, and their impact on wages and conditions of employment.


This 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; and
  • awards, enterprise agreements and wage fixation.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.