Course Description

Everybody understands the value of a healthy and safe workplace. The Australian government has now passed legislation to ensure all workplaces meet certain criteria – and it is work health and safety personnel that ensure that companies adhere to these guidelines.

What is Work Health and Safety?

National Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws have been developed to replace the existing state-based Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws. In Australia, the workplace is governed by national regulations which provide protection and consistency to workers.

The changing nature of Australian workplaces

The nature of work has changed over the years and job roles and places where work is done have become much more diverse. Working from home is now more common, as is the employment of freelancers, contactors and volunteers. The national WHS laws and the BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety have been developed to reflect these changes.

What you’ll learn

This WHS online diploma course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to recognise and evaluate health and safety hazards and administer various safety functions. You’ll also learn how to plan and create policies and processes to effectively communicate with personnel at all levels of the organisation you’re advising.

Contribute to the implementation, review and improvement of work health and safety and add benefit to the quality of life of regular Australians, while potentially securing a fulfilling and wide-reaching role for yourself.

This WHS online course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Safety Training.

Potential career outcomes

  • HR Specialist (WHS)
  • Safety & Training Manager
  • Safety and Training Supervisor
  • Senior Work, Health & Safety Practitioner
  • State Work Health and Safety Manager
  • Work Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Work Health and Safety Manager
  • Work Health and Safety Officer
Course number E1066
Qualification name BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Demonstrations, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Integrated Safety Training (Provider number: 21897)


To gain entry into this qualification, you need to have completed the following core units from the BSB41412 or the BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or equivalent competencies:

  • BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents

You can satisfy this requirement by completing the Open Colleges Statement of Attainment in Work Health and Safety which has been bundled into the Diploma of Work Health and Safety Pathway. If you have already completed the above units you may be eligible to enter the Diploma directly. Contact a enrolment consultant for more information

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course requires you to read learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you have not successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency with one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; OR
  • 2 years’ relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. To help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills required to study this course, you can undertake the online Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool available on the Open Colleges website. This assessment tool can also help you determine your learning level and plan your future studies.


Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.6 or higher recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)

You will also need access to Macromedia Flash player and access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1: Establishing WHS Roles & Responsibilities

  • Identify the requirements for WHS consultation and participation
  • Review existing WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Develop WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Implement WHS consultation and participation arrangements
  • Monitor and evaluate WHS consultation and participation processes

Module 2: Building and Maintaining WHS Infrastructure

  • Contribute to development and implementation of a WHSMS
  • Contribute to the development of WHS policy and commitment to the WHSMS
  • Contribute to the development of the WHS plan
  • Contribute to the implementation of the WHS plan
  • Contribute to the measurement and evaluation of WHS performance
  • Contribute to the review and improvement of the WHSMS

Module 3: Effective WHS Risk Management

  • Access information and data to contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
  • Contribute to effective consultation and participation during all stages of risk management
  • Contribute to establishing the context for risk management
  • Contribute to risk assessment
  • Contribute to risk treatment
  • Contribute to monitoring, reviewing and recording risk management process
  • Access information and data on WHS hazards and risk management
  • Prepare to manage WHS risks
  • Develop and implement WHS risk-management processes

Module 4: Dealing with WHS Incidents

  • Ensure initial responses to the incident are carried out according to requirements
  • Develop an investigation plan
  • Collect information and data
  • Analyse information and data gathered to identify immediate and underlying causes and practical prevention measures
  • Compile and communicate investigation report

Module 5: Managing WHS information systems

  • Contribute to identifying WHSIS requirements
  • Contribute to the use and operation of the WHSIS
  • Use the WHSIS to support effective WHS management as required by job role
  • Assist with monitoring, evaluating and improving the WHSIS

Module 6: Rehabilitation and return to work programs

  • Analyse claims
  • Establish rehabilitation/return to work program
  • Monitor/evaluate rehabilitation/ return to work program

Module 7: Emergency Procedures

  • Identify potential emergencies
  • Identify options for initial response
  • Plan initial response procedures
  • Implement initial response procedures
  • Contribute to post-event activities
  • Monitor emergency response and address deficiencies

Module 8: Presenting WHS information

  • Prepare a presentation
  • Deliver a presentation
  • Review the presentation



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Find out more

Tony Hendricks

Tony is an experienced Work Health and Safety professional with over 18 years of industrial and projects experience (engineering, construction and manufacturing), and demonstrated expertise in the implementation, auditing and compliance of HSEQ management systems; along with proficiency in Training and Assessment of Australian Adult Vocational Education. Tony is currently undertaking his masters of Occupational Health and Safety and a licensed Auditor. He is also a fellow Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and an associate member of the institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Safety Training (Provider number: 21897). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Safety Training.

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