OHSE Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Online exam (35%) , Online Discussion - Online discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,040.00
International 3,280.00

This unit covers the Australian legal system, including concepts of common law, the doctrine of judicial precedent, court systems and specific legislation regulating work health and safety, (with a focus on the Acts and Regulations of NSW), national security and protection of the environment ,insofar as it relates to a workplace. The aim of the unit is to provide students with an understanding of the legal framework regulating work health and safety, to enable compliance with the legislation.

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

  1. Describe the Australian OHSE legal framework and legislative instruments
  2. Interpret the functions, provisions and key terms of the Australian Model Work Health and Safety laws and their applicability in various organisational and jurisdictional contexts
  3. Apply sources of legal precedences/case law and determine how these might impact on the OHS practices of the organisation or individuals
  4. Identify possible breaches of OHSE legislation adn sustainable recommendations to address such breaches
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Online exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion — Online discussion (25%)
  • Report — Case Analysis Report (40%)

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:

  • OHS604 — 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.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Australian Legal System
2Overview of Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation
3Health and Safety Duties
4Offences and Penalties
5Regulation and Enforcement
6Other relevant jurisdictions for OHS practice (Electrical safety, mining safety, maritime safety, Explosives etc.)
7Interface with Workers Compensation and Rehabilitaion Law as it applies to OHS practice
8Interface with Public Safety, EEO and Discrimination Law as it applies to OHS practice
9Maintaining currency with OHSE law
10Finding, reading and applying case law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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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