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Start datesSemester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
Program Code12274

Program handbook


The Graduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety is an 80-unit postgraduate coursework award. 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:

  • demonstrated and applied 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.
  • competently applied a specialised, evidence-based body of knowledge and high-level skills in problem-solving to identify, plan, implement and review workplace health and safety programs and initiatives in known and unknown contexts.
  • accessed, critically evaluated and integrated information from published studies and other peer-reviewed resources in the workplace health and safety literature as an evidence-based generalist workplace health and safety practitioners and/or managers.
  • generated and transmitted workplace health and safety knowledge, skills and ideas to collaborate and engage with people from different work and cultural environments.
  • developed and applied management and leadership skills to manage workplace health and safety issues taking into account appropriate ethical and integrity codes and standards.
  • engaged in collaborations and developed a community of workplace health and safety practice.


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Program code12274
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Diploma

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

Admission requirements

  • 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.

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 for more information on applying for credit.

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

The Graduate Certificate of Workplace Heath and Safety requires the completion of 80 units of course 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 and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6010Occupational Health
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6020Occupational Hygiene Fundamentals
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6040Human Factors and Work Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6050Contemporary Work Health and Safety
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6060Workplace Hazard Management
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6070Workplace Health and Safety Management
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
OHSE6090Research Methods in Workplace Health and Safety
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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.

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