Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This course focusses on the legal regulation of workplace health and safety (WHS), including the common law duty to maintain a safe workplace and statutory obligations under WHS legislation. It examines the effectiveness of common law regulation, and the history of law reform, including the Australian model WHS legislation, in the cultural, economic and other contexts in which this area of the law operates. It considers workplace safety in light of the nature of workplace accidents and work-related injuries, including contemporary issues of psychological injury resulting from discrimination or harassment. It also examines sui generis safety systems such as those applying to heavy vehicles, railways, mines and air safety. Students will develop a broad practical understanding of issues such as the WHS obligations in relation to consultation and workplace representation, the approach taken by WHS regulatory bodies and the sentencing principles applied following successful prosecutions

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulia Dehm

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, Seminars, Workshops

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Work Health and Safety Law and Policy

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorRichard Johnstone





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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain and critically evaluate the legal regulation of workplace safety in Australia from a historical perspective
02. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal principles applicable to workplace health and safety law in Australia, including the key provisions of the model Work Health and Safety legislation and associated regulation.
03. Interpret, analyse and critically evaluate the effectiveness of Work Health and Safety law and regulation, and the culture and context within which such laws and regulation operate
04. Identify, plan and implement creative and appropriate responses to contemporary issues in workplace health and safety.
05. Effectively apply legal research principles and methodologies, critical analysis and legal principles to generate solutions to complex matters arising in occupational health and safety regulation.
06. The ability to communicate professional decisions and positions effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including persons with WHS duties in an industrial and commercial context.

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