In a technology driven and expanding global economy business and farming environments are become increasingly dynamic and sophisticated. Traditional forms of labour management, where labour is seen simply as a cost to be minimised, are fast becoming redundant. The new thinking is that labour is a unique resource which cannot be easily replicated by competitors in the same way as other resources; and that if managed progressively in a way that aims to train and retain it, can be a key contributor to business success. 

This unit details the labour management practices that make up this new thinking.  In so doing it sets out a model human resource management programme, noting the problems and prospects of applying the programme within the context of Australia’s system of legal governance of the terms and conditions of employment.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the concepts of labour management and the organisation of work
  2. Understand practices and processes of human resource management
  3. Understand Australian industrial relations’ institutions and processes


  1. Minor assignment - 2000 words (40%)
  2. Major assignment - 4000 words (60%)