Subject details

On completion of this subject 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.
     
  • Topics

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

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Virtual Classroom
    • Online Materials

      • Quizzes
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • ACU-OHS331

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

ACU-OHSE201-Principles of Occupational Health and Safety , or ACU-OHS201

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject is to provide students with an understanding of the legal framework regulating OHS and environment in order to assist compliance with the legislation.

  • Assessment (100%)

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 subject.

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