OHSE Law in Practice - 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 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

Unit provided by

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 and court systems. Students will have the opportunity to analyse and interpret specific legislation and case law regarding 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. The aim of the unit is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the legal framework regulating work health and safety in order to apply it to OHSE practice.

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 and sustainable recommendations to address such breaches.

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:

  • 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

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.

1The Australian Legal System in Practice
2Maintaining currency with OHSE law, finding, reading and applying case law, statutory interpretation
3Overview of WHS Act and Regulation and Environmental Legal Framework
4Health and safety duties in practice
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, Mining, Maritime, Explosives, Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation etc.)

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.

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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