• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Cameron Roles
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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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:

  1. Identify, explain and analyse the various elements, frameworks and legislation applicable in public sector employment law;
  2. Demonstrate understanding of, and critically analyse, the evolution of differences and similarities between public and private sector employment law; and
  3. Identify, critically evaluate and explain contemporary policy issues involved in legal regulation of employment generally and public sector employment specifically;
  4. Demonstrate the ability, to a Masters level standard, to plan and produce a substantial research project, analysing and critiquing issues covered in the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A take-home examination (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. A research essay (4000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 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.

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM); Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP); or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Master of Military Law (MMILL) 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

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

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4643 27 Jul 2021 27 Jul 2021 13 Aug 2021 05 Oct 2021 Online View

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