Courses & Units

Employment Law LAW308


The relationship between employer and employee lies at the heart of economic activity. In this unit, you will explore the ways in which this relationship is governed in order to protect vulnerable workers from unfair conditions, and employers from unjustified industrial action. You will examine individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship with a focus on whether the common law and statutory regulation of employment law strikes an appropriate balance between rights and duties of employers and employees. You will also consider traditional and non-traditional forms of employment and independent contacting, sham contracting, the casualisation of the Australian workforce and the so-called “gig economy”. There will be significant focus on the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), especially in relation to the national employment standards (NES), modern awards, adverse action, protections for vulnerable workers, unfair dismissal and unlawful termination, and enterprise bargaining and industrial action. State and federal laws dealing with discrimination and work health and safety are also considered.


Unit name Employment Law
Unit code LAW308
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Ms Lucy Line|Mr Mark Rinaldi
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school 2/1/2024 15/1/2024 30/1/2024 25/2/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify issues involving labour law and describe and explain relevant principles and rules
  • Apply knowledge of labour law to solve hypothetical scenarios giving rise to labour law issues, and to critique the operation of such laws
  • Locate primary and secondary resources to develop legal arguments and conclusions with relevant applicable law
  • Communicate legal argument and critical legal analysis, clearly and effectively, independently and in groups

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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50 credit points of Intermediate Law core or (LAW121 and LAW122)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentOnline quiz (10%)|Take home Exam (40%)|Research Assignment (50%)
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