Registered Associations

26 August 2013

This late semester two intensive will examine the law governing trade unions and employer organisations in Australian industrial relations.

Registered Associations explores the history of trade union law, why and how employer and employee organisations are registered, what powers they have and the rules by which they must operate.

The unit will address the following questions:

  • Should unions continue to be given an exclusive right to represent particular employees?
  • Should employees be able to form or join any association of their choice?
  • Is there an urgent need to amend the law to make union officials subject to the same requirements and penalties as company directors?
  • Do registered organisations need a separate independent Commission to regulate them (as the Coalition has pledged to create)?
  • Is there a need to regulate unions at all given membership of unions is voluntary and only about 13% of private sector workers are members?
  • Why should union officials have a right to access workplaces where they have no members and have not been invited?
  • Is the Coalition right to say that the employer should be able to say where at the workplace a union official can meet workers?

The unit will be taught by Ingmar Taylor, from State Chambers, Sydney.

Ingmar Taylor is a counsel in the areas of industrial and employment law and occupational health and safety law.

He appears regularly before the Federal Court, Federal Magistrates Court, Supreme Court (NSW), Industrial Court of NSW, Fair Work Australia and superior appellate courts, including the High Court.

He regularly appears for unions, large employers and employer organisations, and Government (including the Attorney General NSW).

In Respect of occupational health and safety proceedings, he is briefed to appear for the prosecutor (WorkCover and the Department of Industry and Investment) and for the defence in major cases involving fatalities.


Semester 2 Intensive
18 September 2013 (6-8pm) - Introduction
11-12 & 25-26 October 2013 (9am to 5pm)


  • 1 x Class Participation (20%)
  • 1 x Take-Home Exam (80%)

Registered Associations is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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