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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, explain and analyse the various elements, frameworks and legislation applicable in public sector employment law;
- Demonstrate understanding of, and critically analyse, the evolution of differences and similarities between public and private sector employment law; and
- Identify, critically evaluate and explain contemporary policy issues involved in legal regulation of employment generally and public sector employment specifically;
- Demonstrate the ability, to a Masters level standard, to plan and produce a substantial research project, analysing and critiquing issues covered in the course.
- A take-home examination (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- A research essay (4000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAndrew 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
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