The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Mode of delivery



1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Program code: 12274

Program handbook


The Graduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety is an 80-unit exit award associated with the Master of Workplace Health and Safety program.  The Graduate Diploma provides training in occupational health and safety. The program prepares graduates for work in the preparation and implementation of occupational health and safety programs at the workplace. It is designed to develop advanced knowledge, critical understanding and problem solving approaches to the complex ranges of issues and processes associated with practice in occupational health and safety.Students will, in many cases, be working in a variety of roles within this area, for example as OHS officers, advisers, Managers or consultants. Many of these roles require the development of policies and strategies in response to the occupational health and safety needs of the organisation.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Possess advanced knowledge of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management legislation and advisory and regulatory instruments governing rules, codes limits and standards
  • Competently apply advanced knowledge and integrated understanding of occupational health, safety and workplace injury management and relevant systems and processes, to enhance the health, safety and well-being of workers
  • Competently apply a specialised, evidence-based body of knowledge and high level skills in problem-solving and critical analysis to identify, formulate, define and resolve occupational health and safety and workplace injury management issues
  • Demonstrate high level written, oral and/or graphic communication skills to facilitate effective, specialist and non-specialist communication with individuals, groups and populations regarding occupational health and safety and workplace injury management
  • Competently apply specialised research skills and advanced understanding of the importance and applicability of research in the occupational health and safety arena


Information correct as at28 Nov 2020 4:21 pm
Program code12274
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Diploma

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Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
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Admission information

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

This program is an exit award only.  Credit is applicable only upon exit from the Master of Workplace Health and Safety.

Professional recognition

Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Program requirements

Candidates who elect to transfer to the exit will not be eligible for readmission to the Masters program.Students undertake 80 units of Core Courses.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LEGL6004Law for Workplace Health & SafetyNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6010Occupational HealthNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6020Occupational Hygiene and ToxicologyNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6030Occupational SafetyNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6040ErgonomicsNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6050Current Practice in Occupational Health and SafetyNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6070Management for Occupational Health and SafetyNot currently offered10 units
OHSE6090Research in Occupational Health and SafetyNot currently offered10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Additional support

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.