• Offered by Faculty of Law
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Eburn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This unit will explore statutory schemes that provide for personal injury compensation across Australia.  Traditionally compensation for personal injuries was governed by tort law, and, in particular, the law of negligence.  A plaintiff would have to prove that the defendant owed a duty of care, was negligent in the performance of their duty and that their negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries.

Today a multitude of statutory schemes govern personal injuries compensation providing no-fault compensation schemes or restricting a person’s right to claim compensation. 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the latest development to remove compensation from the ‘lottery’ of litigation.  A legal practitioner must be aware of the schemes and limitations that exist if they are to properly advise their clients on rights and liabilities in this complex and often confused area of law.  

This course will introduce students to various schemes available in Australia and the criteria for eligibility for compensation as well as the limits that the schemes impose.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of this course students will:
  1. be aware of an understand recent developments in the area of personal injuries compensation law.
  2. have reflected on how these developments may impact upon their professional practice.
  3. have demonstrated cognitive, technical and creative skills to  analyse and synthesise complex information in order to identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts and will apply established principles of practice to those facts.
  4. have demonstrated communication and technical research skills in order to explain the law and its application to both a specialist (peer) and non-specialist (client) audience.
  5. have demonstrated their knowledge of research principles and methods to enable them to identify the current law.
Outline of topics to be covered:
  1. Workers Compensation Schemes;
  2. Motor Accident Compensation Schemes;
  3. Catastrophic injury compensation schemes;
  4. Criminal Injuries compensation;
  5. The National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  6. The role of lawyers in personal injury practice including issues relating to professional practice (eg restrictions on advertising) and potential areas of liability (eg failure to meet timelines required by the legislation).

Other Information

Online Semester 2, 2014

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Means of Assessment which will be available on the Wattle course site a week before the semester commences.

It is proposed that the assessment for this course will consist of the following,

  1. Task 1:   Online group participation. 
  2. Task 2: Prepare a brief of advice for your client to make recommendations on their rights to personal injuries compensation.

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Equivalent of 26 contact hours through WATTLE plus private study time of 39 hours per semester (ie 5 hours per week)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specilising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses.

Prescribed Texts

There will be no set text.  Learning materials including references to relevant legislation and case law will be made available via Wattle.  Students will also be expected to research and locate their own relevant references.

Preliminary Reading

A Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site a week prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

All students must have a qualifying law degree (LLB or JD or equivalent) and have completed studies in Torts law.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3143 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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