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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesIntake in 2023,
Program Code12274

Study workplace health and safety

The Graduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety focuses on advancing your knowledge of occupational health and safety management, legislative requirements, current health and safety practices, injury management and research skills.

Why study with us?

  • Flexible study options – choose to study either full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anywhere, anytime.
  • Ranked 1st in Australia for overall satisfaction in postgraduate Health Services and Support (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2019)

Safety workers wearing protective gear inside a workshop

No. 1 in NSW ? for median salary, overall educational experience and teaching quality (Postgraduate Health Services and Support)
94.2% ? employed within four months of graduating
$105,000 ? median starting salary – above the national average
86.3% student satisfaction ? for facilities and learning resources

What you will study

At the successful completion of your studies, you will be able to demonstrate and apply your advanced knowledge of occupational health, occupational hygiene, contemporary workplace health and safety, workplace hazard management and control, human factors, workplace health and safety law, workplace safety management and research methods.

Key areas of study include:

  • Law for workplace health and safety
  • Occupational hygiene fundamentals
  • Contemporary work, health and safety
  • Human Factors and work, health and safety
  • Workplace hazard management


Career opportunities

Possible career paths may include:

  • Generalist WHS practitioner
  • WHS advisor
  • WHS inspector
  • WHS consultant

Practical experience

Opportunities are available across a number of courses in this program for students to work on practical WHS issues.

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety

I am a prospective
student, looking to study at

Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

  • Diploma in OHS of 1 year duration or equivalent, plus 2 years relevant work experience; OR
  • Advanced Diploma in OHS or equivalent qualification, plus 1 year relevant work experience; OR
  • Bachelor or Bachelor Honours Degree; OR
  • Graduate Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety or in a cognate area.

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

You can look at Uni prep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

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