Dr Victoria Lambropoulos



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 1992
Bachelor of Law(s), Monash University, 1995
Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 2003
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2015


Biography summary

Victoria joined Deakin Law School in 2004 as a full-time academic. She was practicing as a Barrister prior to this. She maintains her practicing certificate as a Barrister and is a Committee member of the Industrial Bar Association.

Victoria holds a PhD in law. Her thesis examined the Employer's Contractual Power to Summarily Dismiss Employees. In her thesis she proposed a new way of resolving these disputes through the prism of Proportionality. Her solution was devised on the basis of statutory reform rather than through the Common Law.

In addition to this she has also published in Australian and International journal mainly in the area of employment law.

Victoria is also a passionate, enthusiastic and innovative teacher. She is an expert in teaching and learning particularly in the area of Workplace Law. Victoria  was awarded a Faculty Teaching Excellence in 2013 based on her teaching in this area.

Victoria is also a primary author and editor of the leading annotated book called the Fair Work Legislation published yearly by Thomson Reuters and the editor of the Common Law section of the Workplace Review. She is also invited regularly to speak at conferences in Australia and internationally.

Research interests

Workplace/ Employment Law

Labour and the environment


Immediate Past-President, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

National Committee Member, Australian Labour Law Association

Committee Member, Industrial Bar Association

Teaching interests

Workplace Law

Employment Law

History of Labour Law

Units taught

Workplace Law

Employment Law

Corporate Law

Knowledge areas

Employment Law, in particular Summary Dismissal under the Contract of Employment

Climate Change/Environmental Issues and Labour

Professional activities

Barrister, Member of Victorian Bar

Member of CLE Sub-Committee Industrial Bar Association

Advocacy Coach

Media appearances

Select Media Interviews

Joanna Mather  ‘Car pool in new enterprise agreement’. Australian Financial Review, 23 August 2009.

Workplace Express ‘Environmental Sustainability Clauses in Just 1.5% of Agreements’ 25 June 2012.

Workplace Express ‘Ridiculous Matters Pertaining Rule will Stop Workplace Action on Climate Change’ 21 May 2009.


Winner of 2013 of Faculty of Business & Law Award for Teaching Excellence for Effectiveness, Excellence and Exemplary Practice as a Lecturer.

Winner of 2013 School of Law Research Award for Outstanding Publication

Winner of School of Law Outstanding Researcher Award for 2013


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The irrelevance to sentencing of (most) incidental hardships suffered by offenders

Prof Mirko Bagaric, Mrs Lidia Xynas, Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 47-83, University of New South Wales law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Excessive criminal punishment amounts to punishing the innocent : an argument for taking the parsimony principle seriously

Prof Mirko Bagaric, Dr Victoria Lambropoulos, Mrs Lidia Xynas

(2016), Vol. 57, pp. 1-42, South Texas Law Review, Houston, Tex., C1


Unravelling the muddles of summary dismissal under contracts of employment

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 119-131, Australian business law review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


The general protections and adverse action: four years on

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2013), pp. 13-21, Fair work legislation 2013, Pyrmont, NSW, B1


Year in review 2012-2013

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos, Mark Rinaldi, Rohan Millar

(2013), pp. 1-11, Fair work legislation 2013, Pyrmont, N.S.W., B1


The evolution of freedom of association in Australia's federal industrial relations law: from trade union security to workplace rights

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 1-24, Labor history, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Unfair labour practices, trade union victimisation and voice: a comparison of Australia and the United Kingdom

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos, Michael Wynn

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 43-64, Adelaide law review, Adelaide, S. A., C1


Workers, a neglected voice in environmental decisions

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 245-249, Alternative law journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Fair work legislation : 2011-2012 overview

Mark Rinaldi, Dr Victoria Lambropoulos, Rohan Millar

(2012), pp. xix-xxvii, Fair Work Legislation, Sydney, N.S.W, B1


What can Australia learn from the Europeans about public participation? Article 6 of the Aarhus Convention and environmental impact statements

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2010), Vol. 27, pp. 272-295, Environmental and planning law journal, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1


Labour law and climate change law

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2010), pp. 195-207, In the wilds of climate law, Brisbane, Qld., B1


Greening Australian workplaces : workers and the environment

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2009), Vol. 34, pp. 189-192, Alternative law journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Green workflow agreements

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2009), Vol. 83, pp. 52-52, Law institute journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


For better or worse? Agreement -making under workchoices and foward with fairness

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2008), Vol. 82, pp. 38-41, Law Institute journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Nationalisation of the industrial relations system

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2006), Vol. 80, pp. 52-55, Law institute journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


A moral duty to resolve : making sense of family provision in Victoria

James McConvill, Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2005), pp. 39-41, Law Institute journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Reproduction rights - the growing acceptance of surrogacy

Dr Victoria Lambropoulos

(2005), pp. 42-45, Law Institute journal, Victoria, Australia, C1