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Creighton & Stewart’s Labour Law

6th Edition

By Andrew Stewart

Federation Press

1,050 pages

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The latest edition of this leading text features a new and expanded team of authors, who explain and analyse Australia's complex system of labour regulation.

The book has been substantially restructured and updated to cover the many statutory amendments introduced or proposed over the past five years, especially to the Fair Work legislation, but also on matters such as work health and safety.

A particular feature is the coverage of the Productivity Commission's 2015 report on the workplace relations system, outlining both its assessment of the regulatory framework and recommendations for change. There is discussion too of other important inquiries and reviews, including the Fair Work Commission's changes to the modern award system and the Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

The new edition also makes extensive reference to new decisions by the courts and tribunals, on matters such as the distinction between employees and independent contractors, enterprise bargaining, trust and confidence in the employment relationship, the burden of proof in adverse action claims, and much more besides.

As always, the book is full of pointers to further reading, with a substantial bibliography and index connecting readers to the voluminous academic literature on the subject. A new chapter also explores some of the insights to be gained from various theoretical perspectives on the concept of 'regulation' in general, and labour regulation in particular.

Creighton & Stewart's Labour Law continues to offer the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the subject for students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - General Concepts


Labour Law: A Regulatory Perspective

The Evolution of Australian Labour Law

International Standards and Australian Labour Law

Part 2 - Coverage and Institutions

The Constitutional Framework

The Scope of the Federal System

Institutions and Participants

Part 3 - Work Relationships

Categorising Work Relationships

Creating an Employment Contract

Special Types of Work

Part 4 - Employment Conditions

Sources of Employment Obligations

The National Employment Standards

Modern Awards

Enterprise Agreements


Working Time and Leave

Performance and Control

Work Health and Safety

Enforcement of Employment Obligations

Employment Discrimination and the General Protections

Other Unfair Work Practices

Part 5 - Termination of Employment

Termination of Employment Contracts

Remedies for Wrongful or Unfair Termination

Part 6 - Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action

Trade Unions and the Right to Organise

Collective Bargaining

Industrial Action

Protected Action

Industrial Regulation in the Building and Construction Industry

About the Author

Andrew Stewart is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide and a Legal Consultant to the national law firm Piper Alderman.

Anthony Forsyth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University.

Richard Johnstone is a Professor and the Director of Research in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology.

Shae McCrystal is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney where she teaches labour law and property law.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Labor & Employment
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology