• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Pauline Bomball
    • Cameron Roles
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2022
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The rise of new technology and changing patterns of work have always co-existed. The rise of platform work and the so-called ‘gig economy’ has brought with it challenges to existing conceptions of work and the law which regulates it, and has upended the existing legal order. In this course, we examine the new modes of work in the gig economy, together with new attempts by civil society, as well as legal and political actors, to regulate it. 

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Purposes and theories underpinning the regulation of work
  2. What is the gig economy?
  3. What is work in the gig economy?
  4. Minimum work entitlements: who can access them and what are they?
  5. The legal distinction between employment and other work relationships
  6. Legal regulation of work in the gig economy
  7. Case study: transportation
  8. Case study: disability support work
  9. Case study: freelance work
  10. Work in the gig economy – fairness meets flexibility: perspectives from the United Kingdom
  11. Work in the gig economy – fairness meets flexibility: perspectives from Canada
  12. Work in the gig economy – fairness meets flexibility: innovative Australian approaches

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse patterns of work in the gig economy and their legal regulation
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the law in the context of the public policy challenges posed by work in the gig economy
  3. Plan and execute the outcomes of independent research and critically reflect on the material in an extended piece of writing
  4. Develop and use communication skills to solve complex legal and regulatory problems

Other Information


Indicative Assessment

  1. Multiple choice quizzes comprising (1) questions based on complex fact scenarios and (2) questions aimed at testing general knowledge for each three-topic block (four in total), worth 7.5% each (30) [LO 1,4]
  2. Research essay or law reform submission (70) [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 three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of New Technology Law (CNTL); or Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Juris Doctor (MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Master of Financial Management and Law (MFIML) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. 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 code.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Preliminary Reading

There is no prescribed text, but an e-brick of readings will be made available on the course Wattle site. 

Assumed Knowledge



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3522 26 Apr 2022 27 Apr 2022 06 May 2022 23 Jun 2022 Online View

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