Course Title: Work Health and Safety Legal Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work Health and Safety Legal Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1020

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Leo Ruschena

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251982

Course Coordinator Email: leo.ruschena@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.9

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

 

  • You will review the legal systems that impact on workplace health and safety, in particular Australian work health and safety law, worker’s compensation law, labour law, equity law (eg equal opportunity and anti-discrimination) and associated regulatory systems.
  • You will examine key statutes, regulations and common law relevant to OHS management.
  • The role of the OHS regulator is discussed.
  • You will also examine strategies for OHS professionals to manage legal obligations, and to interface on legal issues with all relevant stakeholders.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to the following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level 8:

1 Integrated understanding of the OHS Body of Knowledge.

2 Skills to investigate analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.

3 Communication Skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

4 Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.

 


On completion of this course you will be able to:

1 Explain the role of regulation and regulatory mechanisms in controlling OHS outcomes within organisations

2 Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health & safety information appropriate to the workplace.

3 Collect, analyse and use workplace data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints.

4 Interpret and apply relevant legislation, standards and codes in day-to-day OHS activities.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be set out in face to face lectures and suggested readings. Case studies on selected topics will build your capacity to think critically and analytically. You will have to write reports which will develop your communications skills.

 You will receive feedback on your academic progress during discussion and when assignments are returned.

Module details are:

  • Context of WHS Law within the Australian legal system
  • WHS law in Australia – Now and in the future
  • Key duty holders under WHS legislation – who, what, when, and why
  • Duties and responsibilities of others under WHS legislation
  • Consultation obligations under WHS legislation and the interplay with the Fair Work Act
  • Powers of Inspectors and enforcement action under WHS legislation
  • Reviewing decisions and court processes under WHS legislation
  • Interplay of other employment laws with WHS legislation, equity, discrimination, workers compensation, Fair Work Act
  • Moot Court – an OHS prosecution in Victoria

 If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


 If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Total Study Hours

144 (lectures, tutorials, assessments, research, private study)


Overview of Learning Resources

No set text. You will be directed to a range of texts, journal articles and other web based material that provide a current understanding of the knowledge in this area.

Lectures and other materials will be available on myRMIT (Blackboard).

 


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment is at AQF8 level:

  1. Written assignment covering principles of law (30%)

This assessment support s CLOs 1,2,3,4

  1. Written assignment covering the analysis of a court case (20%)

       This assessment support s CLOs 1,2,3,4.

  1. Oral presentation and written report on the analysis of a legal issue in your workplace (20%)

This assessment support s CLOs 1,2,3,4

  1. End of semester written exam (30%)

This assessment support s CLOs 1,2,3,4.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures