Available in 2012
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Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
Gives students an understanding of the impact of the legal and regulatory system on health and safety in the workplace. Topics covered include: structure and functions of law and legal institutions in Australia as they relate to WH&S; an introduction to the employer/employee relationship; Tort liability: Negligence, Breach of Statutory Duty; the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and related legislation; an introduction to the principles of Workers' Compensation; issues in litigation and WH&S and anti-discrimination laws. This course is taught by distance education.
The objectives of this course are that by the end of the course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Australian Legal System in the context of workplace health and safety laws, and the ability to access recent developments in the law;
2. Describe the common law requirements which relate to workplace health and safety, and their relationship to the contract of employment;
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relevant statutory requirements with particular emphasis on the Work Health & Safety Act 2011(NSW);
4. Discuss the concepts of negligence and liability in relation to workplace health and safety;
5. Discuss the remedies available for breaches of legal standards;
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of workers compensation and of the scheme of legislation applying in NSW;
7. Appreciate some of the issues raised by other workplace laws such as those relating to discrimination as they relate to this area.
* Structure and functions of law and legal institutions in Australia as they relate to OH&S; basic legal research skills.
* An introduction to the law of contract and the employer/employee relationship.
* Tort Liability: Negligence; Breach of Statutory Duty.
* The Work Health & Safety Act 2011(NSW).
* Related legislation - State and Commonwealth.
* An introduction to the principles of Workers' Compensation.
* Issues in Litigation
* WH&S and anti-discrimination laws
The course assumes no prior knowledge of law.
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : IT Based
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Self Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term