Introduction to OHSE Law - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit covers an introduction to the Australian legal system, including concepts of common law, the doctrine of judicial precedent, and the court systems. Specific legislation regulating work health and safety, (with a focus on the national model laws), and protection of the environment, in so far as it relates to a workplace will be considered. The aim of the unit is to provide students with an understanding of the legal framework regulating OHS and environment in order to assist compliance with the legislation.

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of law, the judicial court systems, common law and equity, and the common law of employment and environmental protection
  2. Interpret concepts and practices in OHSE Management through the application of OHS and environmental legislation as it applies to organisations
  3. Through study of failures and inadequacies, analyse how OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations are legally required to be managed
  4. Find sources of legal precedence/case law and describe how these might impact on the OHS practices of the organisation or individuals.

Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • OHS331 — OHSE Law

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Australian Legal System
2Maintaining currency with OHSE law, finding and reading case law
3Overview of WHS Act and Regulation and Environmental Legal Framework
4Health and safety and environment duties
5Duty to consult and provide training
6Health and safety representatives and designated work groups
7Authorisations and licensing
8Offences and penalties
9Regulation and enforcement
10Jurisdictional issues
11Other relevant jurisdictions for OHSE practice (Electrical Safety, Mining Safety, Maritime Safety, Explosives etc)
12Interface with Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Law as it applies to OHS practice
13Interface with Public Safety, EEO and Discrimination Law as it applies to OHSE practice

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Work Health and Safety Regulation in Australia

    By:Johnstone and Tooma

    ISBN: 9781862878815


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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