LAW515 Law of Employment (8)

LAW515 equips students with a fundamental knowledge of labour law. The subject examines the contract of employment and the various sources of law that interact and have an impact upon the relationship between employers and employees. The subject fosters professional practice and facilitates career advancement through problem based learning, by using contemporary case studies that accommodate the development of research, analysis and communication skills. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop work skills while gaining knowledge of employment law, discrimination in the workplace, and labour rights law. Employment relations will also be examined through multiple lenses including globalisation, organisational change and the interpretation and operation of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW515. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and evaluate the principles of employment law in Australia, including its history, development, and the current constitutional and theoretical frameworks within which it operates;
  • be able to reflect on and synthesise an understanding of employment law, legal issues related to workplace relations, policies, industrial relations bodies, and other aspects of Australian employment law including alternative methods of dispute resolution;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of employment law by solving legal problems associated with the contract of employment and workplace-related scenarios, via identifying the relevant issue(s), stating the relevant principles of employment law and how these relate to the legal issue(s), and suggesting potential remedies when providing a conclusion;
  • be able to research and criticise the development of modern fair work, work health and safety, and workers' compensation and rehabilitation schemes, including alternative dispute resolution schemes, and be able to apply the legislative provisions and related common law to legal issues arising in the workplace setting; and
  • be able to examine and critically evaluate laws relating to anti-discrimination in the workplace.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the Australian legal system and sources of Australian law;
  • introduction to the law of employment and sources of legal obligations;
  • industrial law (constitutional issues affecting state and federal legislation and case law; the legal perspective of enterprise bargaining and agreements; legislation and industrial awards; conciliation and arbitration and, industrial action; industrial tribunals);
  • the relationship of employer and employee and statutory constraints;
  • formation of a contract of employment;
  • performance of a contract of employment;
  • suspension, stand down and modes of terminating a contract of employment;
  • remedies;
  • work health and safety;
  • industrial injuries (workers compensation and rehabilitation; and occupier's liability);
  • alternative dispute resolution in the workplace; and
  • equal opportunity and discrimination legislation.


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.