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BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety

National ID: BSB51319 State ID: BEQ9
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When you complete the Diploma of Work Health and Safety you can expect to be a valued addition to any organisation as a compliance officer, or WHS manager.


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more


Online study is available for this course. Be sure to check the study requirements tab for information about studying this course using eCampus including study assistance and our helpful online study guide, then use the apply now link where you see the online study option. 

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.


  • coordinate and maintain a WHS system or program
  • investigate incidents
  • manage risks
  • manage and improve employee health and wellness across your workplace
  • improve legislative compliance, productivity, efficiency, and morale


In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • good team work skills and the ability to work independently 
  • good problem solving skills and ability to analyse information
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • good attention to detail
  • a passion for safe work practices and procedures
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Students must have attained the core units from the BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or equivalent competencies before studying this course.

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


Online study

For non-trainees, this course is mostly delivered online. Students completing the online study option will enrol into and complete 1-2 units at a time, with progress monitored by their lecturer. This can be done at a pace suitable to you but for each unit you have 3 months to complete, so we recommend you use our schedule provided to you at enrolment to assist you in avoiding having to re-enrol in the unit.

The nature of online study can involve a significant investment of time and the ability to be a focused, self-motivated learner. You should consider your personal circumstances and past study history before committing to study online. Find out more in our online study info pack below.

Online study info pack (334 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

Demonstration of practical skills
Students must be able to demonstrate oral communication and group interaction skills to achieve this qualification. You will be required to organise team scenarios and participate in group simulated activities. You may choose to perform these activities with work colleagues, or with family, neighbours or friends, depending on your personal circumstances.

Software and equipment
Your study will use online software including BlackboardExcel and Word, with access provided to you after enrolment. You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours. You will also need to use MS Teams (or YouTube) for recording role play assessments.

On campus attendance

For those non-trainee students that are unable to use online technologies to record their oral communication assessment tasks, weekly classes are run at Thornlie campus to allow students to complete tasks face-to-face.

There is no need to attend every class, and you can attend as much or as little of the class time to enable you to complete your practical assessment, to have access to your lecturer to ask questions or access face-to-face tutorials. Your lecturer will advise when and where on-campus opportunities will be after your enrolment.

You can also get access to your lecturer by email, or by phone, in person by appointment. Contact details for your lecturer will be available in Blackboard after your enrolment.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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All year round

eCampus - Online

When All year round
Where eCampus
How Online
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $745.20 $290.00 $1,035.20
Concession $220.80 $290.00 $510.80

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you are a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you will only pay for the units that you need to enrol into to complete this course. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers

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