OHSE Law in Practice
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- 24 Apr 2023
- 09 Oct 2023
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Upon completion of this subject the student should be able to:
- Evaluate the Australian OHSE legal framework and assess its legislative instruments (GA4, GA5).
- 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..
- Forensically analyse sources of legal precedence/case law and critically determine how these might impact on the OHSE practices of the organisation or individuals while recognising their responsibility to workers’ rights and their dignity at the workplace, the environment and society.
- Identify and critically determine possible breaches of OHSE legislation and effectively communicate sustainable recommendations and other relevant technologies to organisational stakeholders to address such breaches
- Finding, reading and applying case law and legislation using law databases, legal citation and definitions
- The Australian Legal System In Practice: Statutes and Common Law, legal Precedent and Statutory Interpretation
- The development of the WHS laws, the context of duty of care with the tort of negligence harmonisation, synergies with environmental law. Maintaining currency with OHSE law
- Overview of WHS Act and Regulation and Environmental Legal Framework
- Health and safety duties in practice
- Duty to consult and provide training
- Health and safety representatives and designated work groups
- Authorizations 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 OHS practice)
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- ACU-OHS604 (Not currently available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- ACU-OHSE601-Principles of OHSE Management
- ACU-OHS601 (Not currently available)
No additional requirements
This unit covers the Australian legal system, including the fundamental concepts of common law; the doctrine of judicial precedent, statutory Interpretation, law making processes and court systems. It covers the constitutional separation of powers for the Commonwealth and State and Territory jurisdictions and how the state-based Work Health and Safety and Environment laws function in the wider legal system.
Three assessment items are required in this Unit. To pass this unit, students are required to achieve an overall mark of at least 50%.
- Online Discussion (25%)
- Case Analysis Report (40%)
- Evidence Investigations Report (35%)
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