Course Description

If you currently coordinate and maintain the work health and safety (WHS) programs and systems within an organisation, this course will furnish you with the opportunity to grow your practical knowledge or further your career.

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 Diploma of Work Health and Safety Pathway have been developed to reflect these changes.

What you’ll learn

The Diploma of Work Health and Safety Pathway 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.

This 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 E1067
Qualification name
  • BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  • Statement of Attainment in Work Health and Safety
Course duration Maximum 24 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)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

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.

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: Statement of Attainment in Work Health and Safety

  • Identify individuals and parties involved in WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to processes for communicating and sharing WHS information and data
  • Contribute to identifying and meeting training requirements for effective WHS consultation and participation
  • Contribute to improving WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Contribute to developing and promoting WHS policy
  • Contribute to WHSMS planning
  • Contribute to implementing the WHSMS plan
  • Contribute to evaluating WHS performance
  • Contribute to reviewing and improving the WHSMS
  • Assist with determining the legal framework for WHS in the workplace
  • Assist with providing advice on WHS compliance
  • Assist with WHS legislation compliance measures
  • Access information to identify hazards and assess and control risks
  • Contribute to compliance and workplace requirements
  • Contribute to workplace hazard identification
  • Contribute to WHS risk assessment
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of risk control
  • Assist with identifying legislative and other requirements
  • Assist with implementing initial incident response procedures
  • Assist with collecting WHS information and data relevant to an investigation
  • Assist incident investigations
  • Assist in implementing recommended measures and actions arising from investigations

Module 2: Diploma of Work Health and Safety

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

Lindsay Mitchell

Lindsay has over 30 years of experience covering the food industry, petroleum industry and education and training. He has trained in various areas of business, management and WHS in Australia and overseas. In the area of safety, Lindsay has trained and consulted for the mining and manufacturing industries. He holds a Degree in App Science, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, an Advanced Diploma in WHS, as well as Diplomas in Marketing and Change Management, and a Certificate IV in Training 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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