MLJ714 - Workplace Law and Policy

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Matthew Lister
Cohort rule:

For M729 (Juris Doctor) and M737 (Master of Legal Studies) students only


MLJ701 and MLJ702 – for students enrolled in M729 (Juris Doctor)

Nil - for students enrolled in M737 (Master of Legal Studies)

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar (live streamed and recordings provided) per week


This unit aims to equip students with the knowledge and ability to apply, critically evaluate and effectively communicate workplace law, and develop a deep appreciation of major policy issues and developments in the law.

Topics include: defining the employment relationship, rights and responsibilities under an employment contract, employment regulation under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - An Overview, statutory employment standards, freedom of association, industrial victimisation and industrial action, discrimination and sexual harassment, workplace health and safety, and termination and enforcing workplace rights. 

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Engage in a sophisticated way with the historical, political, theoretical and legal literature about the regulation of the employment relationship in Australia.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify the relevant provisions from multiple complex statutes names the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) and apply them to a novel factual setting.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Conduct independent research about a current issue in labour law and complete a high-level research paper.

GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving


Obtain an extended understanding of contemporary issues affecting the industrial relations landscape in Australia and the areas in which reform is needed.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) Report (Research) 4000 words 50% Week 6
Examination (Open book) 2 hours 50% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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