• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • 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 Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course 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:

  1. Be aware of, and 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.
  4. Apply established principles of practice to a given set of facts.
  5. Have demonstrated communication and technical research skills to explain the law and its application to both a specialist (peer) and non-specialist (client) audience.
  6. Research and critically examine a set of facts to explain and advise on the law and to develop an informed opinion on issues of policy.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Indicative assessment may include: (null) [LO null]
  2. 1. 10 short weekly exercises - 40% (40) [LO null]
  3. 2. Online discussion forum on WATTLE -10% (10) [LO null]
  4. 3. Assignment / Application — 50% (50) [LO null]

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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)

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), 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), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

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.


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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4371 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 Online View

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