Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 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 with specialized knowledge and skills for research, which will equip them for high level professional practice and further learning in this important area.


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. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of both the foundational elements of, and recent developments in, the discipline of law as it relates to workplace health and safety;

2. Employ research principles and methods applicable to the relevant body of law, and apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate and analyse complex information and problems to apply the law to solve those problems;

3. Use high level oral and written communication skills to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences;

4. Demonstrate appropriate mastery of theoretical knowledge in the WHS Law area and ability to reflect critically on theory, scholarship and professional practice;

5. Plan and execute a research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.


The topics in this course include the following:

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


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program, or in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: 2 x written assignments

Formal Examination: Open Book Examination

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.