The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


The legal and regulatory system has a decided impact upon on health and safety in the workplace. Workplace Health and Safety Law builds upon core legal skills and encourages critical and reflective engagement with the varying aims and techniques of WHS law and how the current law reflects social realities. Students have the opportunity to further develop essential problem solving and communication skills and improve legal research capabilities.

Topics covered include: the employer/employee relationship as it relates to workplace safety; advanced consideration of tort liability in the workplace, including Negligence and Breach of Statutory Duty; the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and related legislation; Workers' Compensation; issues in litigation and WHS and anti-discrimination laws.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Winter - 2018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Restate and describe the common law requirements which relate to workplace health and safety flowing from the contract of employment;

2. Recognise and review the concepts of negligence and other tort liability in relation to workplace health and safety;

3. Apply an evaluative understanding of the relevant statutory requirements with particular emphasis on the Work Health and Safety Act 2011(NSW);

4. Identify and interpret the remedies available for breaches of legal standards;

5. Relate the general principles of workers compensation and the scheme of legislation applying in NSW;

6. Evaluate some of the issues raised by other workplace laws such as those relating to discrimination as they relate to this area.

7. Employ essential problem solving skills to address legal issues.

8. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

9. Demonstrate the capability to engage in legal research.


Topics in this course include the following:

  1. The employer/employee relationship and WHS implications
  2. Tort Liability: Negligence; Breach of Statutory Duty
  3. The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW)
  4. Related WHS legislation - State and Commonwealth
  5. An introduction to the principles of Workers Compensation
  6. Issues in Litigation
  7. WHS and anti-discrimination laws


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of Legal System and Method, Torts, Criminal Law, and Contracts.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: 2 x Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Open book exam