Centre for Continuing Education

WHS Essentials Course

Human Resources. Learn expert people management skills.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

In this Work Health and Safety (WHS) essentials course you will learn the concepts, skills and knowledge required to understand WHS legislation in Australia and how to develop a robust WHS management system. We will show you useful policies and procedures that will assist you and your organisation to successfully manage WHS requirements.


The aim of this course is to provide you an overview of WHS legislation in Australia and enable you to implement a robust WHS system in your organisation.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • explain WHS legislative requirements
  • design appropriate policies and procedures to support the WHS management system
  • undertake effective WHS consultation
  • develop an effective risk-management process
  • identify appropriate WHS training requirements
  • report, record and resolve WHS incidents
  • develop appropriate well-being programs.



  • Understanding the terminology
  • Reasonably practicable
  • Due diligence and duty of care
  • Responsibilities

A safe workplace and safety culture

  • Why is safety critical?
  • What is a safe culture?
  • Creating a safety culture

Consultation and training

  • Consultation requirements
  • Creating participative arrangements
  • What WHS training is required?

Risk management

  • Hazards and risks
  • Risk management system

Incident investigation and reporting

  • Incident legislative requirements
  • Incident investigations
  • Reporting requirements

Workplace well-being

  • What is Well-being and why is it important?
  • Stress and fatigue
  • Well-being strategies

Intended audience

Designed for anyone who is interested in the WHS requirements of an organisation and what is required to be compliant. Also designed for those employees who maybe taking on a more hands-on role in the management of WHS in the organisation, such as supervisors, managers, human resources and employees involved in WHS committees or WHS roles.



Delivery style

The Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) states that one of the most valuable resources in adult education is the learner themselves. This course has been designed to actively involve the learner throughout the day. It includes:

  • interactive presentations
  • group work and discussion
  • structured WHS design activities
  • WHS based case studies.

Delivery options:

  • face-to-face workshop delivered on University premises
  • online workshop via the platform Zoom.

Recommended reading

Dunn, Cormack, E, 2012, Planning Work Health and Safety: An introduction to best practice, CCH Australia Limited.

Federal Register of Legislation

SafeWork NSW

SafeWork Australia

Stoll, M., McGill, C., Ritchie, J., 2014, Work Health and Safety, McGraw-Hill Education, Australia.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

WHS Essentials Course

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