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 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Multiple choice questions (30%) , Quizzes - Short answer quizzes (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This advanced unit covers: concepts of law; the judicial and court systems; common law and equity; and the common law of employment and environmental protection; and specific Australian legislation for safety, security, health and environment (with a focus on the Acts and Regulations of NSW) for: occupational health and safety; workers compensation and injury management; environmental planning and assessment; environmental protection, security and anti-terrorism laws. The aim of the unit is to provide students with an understanding of the legal framework regulating health, safety, security, welfare and environmental legislation impacting on organisations.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand legal concepts as they apply to the management of OHSE risks
  2. understand concepts of law; the judicial and court systems; common law and equity; and the common law of employment, security and environmental protection
  3. understand concepts of OHSE management in a legislative context
  4. understand concepts of environmental management in a legislative context
  5. understand safety, security, health and environment legislations as it applied to organisations, including occupational health and safety laws, security and anti-terrorism law, environmental legislation
  6. through study of failures and inadequacies, understand how OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations can be controlled
  7. understand the principles of risk management
  8. outline the content of an OHSE management system (from a legal perspective).
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Multiple choice questions (30%)
  • Quizzes — Short answer quizzes (40%)
  • Report — 2000 words (30%)

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.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to safety, security, health and environment law
2Overview of OHSE law
3Overview of occupational security law
4General safety, security, health and environment duties
5Personal liability for safety, security, health and environment offences
6OHSE management systems: performance measurement, evaluation and enforcement

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.

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