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BSB51319 – Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Description

Work health and safety (WHS) legislation in Australia aims to prevent injury and disease to persons in the workplace. State, Territory or Commonwealth legislation applies.

Importantly, several Australian jurisdictions have ‘harmonised’ their legislation from 2012. Harmonised legislation means that each jurisdiction enacts its own legislation, but the legislation is as much alike as possible in its provisions.

Common to all WHS legislation in Australia are the following features:

  • support for WHS in the workplace
  • provision of systems of work that are safe and without risk to health
  • prevention of injury and disease through the elimination or minimisation of risks
  • protection of the general public’s safety and health
  • workplace representation, consultation, co-operation and issue resolution
  • Inspectors
  • Regulations
  • Enforcement

Trainers and assessors may refer to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for a listing of the various WHS legislation and codes of practice by State and Territory.

This qualification is designed for individuals those wishing to enhance their expertise in coordinating and maintaining the work health and safety program used within their workplace and suited  to practitioners that apply their  skills and knowledge in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

Course Overview

Entry requirement

The training package does specify entry requirements i.e.

All BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety core units or equivalent competencies. Equivalent competencies are predecessors to the following units which have been mapped as equivalent.

  • BSBWHS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS413 Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management
  • BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS416 Contribute to workplace incident response.

Furthermore, ASA staff must inform the prospective learner that this course does require an amount of reading, writing (including calculations) and the ability to access and interpret information. A good command of the English language is important, access to and familiarity with the use of computer technology, legal framework, the capacity to manage relatively complex tasks with an awareness of how they contribute to operational and strategic goals and use systematic analytical processes to evaluate options.

Pathway From the Qualification

After achieving this qualification, Candidates may progress to higher level qualifications within and/or across the Health and Safety

Credit/Advance Standing/RPL

Our college recognises the skills and knowledge that students may have gained through previous studies, workplace and life experience. They may be entitled to gain recognition of prior learning before or after commencing the course that may exempt them from attending one or more units. Students who believe they already have the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency can request a copy of the RPL application form. Students are provided with information regarding the evidence required for each qualification and must provide valid, sufficient, current and authentic evidence to demonstrate competency. RPL is based on a portfolio and interview approach, where students accept the main responsibility for identifying, gathering and submitting evidence about their achievement of the competencies. The RPL process may involve a practical demonstration assessment too.

Work placement and Industry Membership

No work placement and industry membership providers for this course at this time.
Additional supports and services
Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.

Possible Career Outcome
  • Occupational Health
  • Safety Practitioner
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Mode of Delivery



Course Structure

Course Outline

The qualification rules (for this qualification) specify

five (5) core units

and five (5)  electives comprising

three (3) electives from group A

and two (2) electives from either Group A or B. (note two (2) of these latter electives can be imported (I) from a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification].

(See BSB51319 qualification rules for more information)

The core units for this qualification are mandatory.

Because of industry consultation and experience ASA has nominated the following four (4) elective units.

It has found the combination of these units provide candidates with the knowledge and skill suited to addressing the management of WHS systems and processes whilst undertaking administrative roles that are part of safety practices.

Should the candidate wish to undertake an elective or electives different to those listed below, they must be referred to the CEO of ASA who will determine whether the candidate’s preferred electives are possible.

Any unit that is explicitly listed in the qualifications will be considered providing

(1) ASA can apply existing / available resources   or

(2) It is viable for ASA to acquire the resources (including reasonable adjustment).

Any unit that is not explicitly listed for the qualification can be offered providing it is only included as part of the full qualification delivery program. [Refer to Delivering elective units , an ASQA fact sheet.]

Please note it is not possible or practical for ASA to provide training and assessment for all the elective units listed for the qualification.

Finally, there are no pre-requisites or co requisites associated with the units listed in the following: –

Unit of Competency

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
BSBWHS513Lead WHS risk managementCore
BSBWHS515Lead initial response to and investigate WHS incidentsCore
BSBWHS516Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining an organisation’s WHS management systemCore
BSBWHS519Lead the development and use of WHS risk management toolsCore
BSBWHS522Manage WHS consultation and participation processesCore
Group AElectives
BSBWHS514Manage WHS compliance of contractorsElective
BSBWHS517Contribute to managing a WHS information systemElective
BSBWHS520Manage implementation of emergency proceduresElective
Group BElectives
BSBMGT516Facilitate continuous improvementElective
BSBHRM509Manage rehabilitation or return to work programsElective

Course Delivery

This course is being delivered by an external flexible delivery mode via fee for service. There is no requirement to attend classes.

Candidates will have 12 months in which to complete their studies (but this may be extended by a further 6 months’ subject to the circumstances described in ASA policies and procedures. During the 12-month period, candidates should expect to allocate up to 440 hours to their studies. This includes workplace training and supervision, regular meetings with the trainer, guidance sessions (e.g.. Skype), completing structured learning activities, undertaking personal research, reading and assessments.

On enrolment and at the time of the initial interview, candidates will provide evidence of their prior experience and workplace context (which is part of the entry conditions. Some of this information will be used by the trainer to develop a specific training plan based on the principles of gap training and which can be contextualised according to the learner’s work place environment. Evidence of prior work experience and learning will be considered for RPL (recognition of prior learning).

Candidates are subsequently guided by the trainer through regular scheduled personal contacts either at work or at an acceptable external location. The candidate’s personal training plan specifies what learning is required and learners are encouraged to seek supervision especially in the application of skills at work. The candidate’s progress is monitored by the trainer utilising the training record book and (if applicable) coordinated with the work place supervisor.
Subject reference materials, learner guide, training record book, training plan and assessment activities are provided directly to the candidate by the trainer and they are also available via internet through the ASA portal.
Typically, the learner cohort for this strategy is expected to need a minimum 530 hours of training comprising
Direct contact hours with the trainer 50 hours
Structured learning activities 180 hours (provided by the trainer to reinforce learning)
Supervised work practice and implementation 300 hours (workplace training record book)

All candidates for this qualification will be interviewed to establish whether they have the necessary pre-requisites (see Course Overview) and to ensure they have access to a workplace where they can receive supervision relating to developing their skills in WHS. This will include having access to the WHSMS. During the interview all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the applicant is aware of the demanding LLN requirements associated with this course and to ensure they have the capabilities to complete the course within a reasonable time. In addition the applicant will be provided the opportunity to complete a self assessment instrument which can be used for an assessment via RPL.


Learner Needs
Learners must be informed that this course requires extensive reading and interpretation of legislation, regulations, codes of practices and complex safety instructions, manuals, policies and procedures.

This requires the candidate to have a good command of English and be able to research, read and interpret complex texts, documents and reports.

Trainers and assessors must pay attention to the section on LLN and Foundation skills within this document

At the same time the RTO will remind learners of the opportunity for RPL and what it entails.


Applicants will be advised at the time of inquiry and again at the time of enrolment that there will be an assessment of their LLN skills. This assessment is undertaken to ensure the applicant will not have any LLN impediments that could limit their capacity to learn and acquire skills. The probability of someone presenting with LLN issues is low but all must be assessed at the time.

Should any be identified at the time of enrolment, Australian Skills Academy will assist that student by introducing them to specialist services and work with these service providers to ensure the candidate is given every opportunity to achieve a successful outcome.

Those candidates deemed to have ‘does not meet’ standard level of LLN e.g. ‘upper intermediate proficiency’, must be advised they are at risk of not being able to complete this course and will be offered specialist support.

In these circumstances it may be necessary to defer the candidate’s enrolment until the outcome of the LLN program indicates they have attained suitable LLN proficiency.

ASA will confirm its commitment to LLN skills within the training program by: –

  • Ensuring training and assessment materials are written in plain English
  • Ensuring training and assessment materials meet literacy and numeracy needs of the industry
  • Making reasonable adjustments to the training and assessment process where required
  • Ensuring its trainers develop better and more effective LLN training and support skills
  • Providing access to specialist support to individuals if required
  • Monitoring learners to determine if they are at risk of not being able to complete their course (for either LLN or other personal reasons)

Key indicators for those at risk include

  • Irregular attendance
  • Failing to make reasonable progress with learning activities
  • Not completing assessment task on time
  • Avoiding class room activities
  • Not completing either one of the initial two units of competency of their training plan.

Similar assessment of any potential physical disabilities will be undertaken at the time.

Payment Options
We have a number of options to allow you to select a payment method best suitable to your financial situation. Please refer to course fee section get the current fee structure for this course.
Method of Payment: Online, Bank Transfer, CC over the Phone, Bank Draft
Please mention your preferred method of payment in your application form and our staff will confirm your payment and any associated cost for your course.


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