• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course examines the legal regulation of work in the Australian Public Service. The diverse sources and changing balance of employment rights and obligations are examined - the contract of employment, legislation (both APS and more generally), administrative law and collective bargaining, including reforms to collective bargaining brought about by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

The course examines the legal regulation of work with particular attention to the Commonwealth public service. The diverse sources and changing balance of employment rights and obligations are examined - the contract of employment, legislation for the workplace, in particular the role of administrative law and the provisions of the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) and subordinate legislation, minimum standards (both statutory and those contained in modern awards), and collective bargaining.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students will acquire:

  1. an overview of the field of employment law;
  2. an understanding of the evolution of differences and similarities between public and private sector employment law; and
  3. insight into contemporary policy issues involved in legal regulation of employment generally and public sector employment specifically.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

The indicative assessment is:
  1. A take-home examination    (2000 wds, 40%)
  2. A research essay (3000 wds, 50%)
  3. Seminar participation (10%).

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery) plus private study and reading time.

2014 Intensive course dates: 30 April & 1-3 May

For the current LLM Masters Program timetable please click here.

Requisite and Incompatibility

(Coreq LAWS8015) or (Enrolment in Program 6300 or 7300 or 7312) or (enrolment in 7330 and completed LAWS2201 and LAWS2202)

Prescribed Texts

Andrew Stewart, Stewart’s Guide to Employment Law (Federation Press, 3rd ed, 2011)

Marilyn Pittard and Phillipa Weeks (eds), Public Sector Employment in the Twenty-First Century (ANU Epress, 2007

Preliminary Reading

A Course Outline will be posted on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Non-lawyers must have completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6866 17 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017 28 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 In Person N/A

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