Course Title: Assist with compliance with WHS laws

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: OHTH5890C

Course Title: Assist with compliance with WHS laws

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4379 - Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Contact: Warren James

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4632

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with providing advice about the legislative duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties prescribed in work health and safety (WHS) legislation. It includes identification of WHS legislation, duties, rights and obligations and the necessary actions to ensure compliance in the workplace.


This unit applies to individuals who assist with providing advice about the legislative duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties prescribed in WHS laws as part of a systematic approach to managing WHS. This unit applies to people who work in a broad range of WHS roles across all industries.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws


1 Assist with determining the legal framework for WHS in the workplace

Performance Criteria:


1.1 Access current WHS legislation and related documentation relevant to the organisation’s operations

1.2 Use knowledge of the relationship between WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidance material to assist with determining legal requirements in the workplace

1.3 Assist with identifying and confirming the duties, rights and obligations of individuals and parties as specified in legislation

1.4 Assist with seeking advice from legal advisers where necessary


2 Assist with providing advice on WHS compliance

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Assist with providing advice to individuals and parties about their legal duties, rights and obligations, and the location of relevant information in WHS legislation

2.2 Assist with providing advice to individuals and parties about the functions and powers of the WHS regulator and how they are exercised, and the objectives and principles underpinning WHS


3 Assist with WHS legislation compliance measures

Performance Criteria:


3.1 Assist with assessing how the workplace complies with relevant WHS legislation

3.2 Assist with determining the WHS training needs of individuals and parties, and with providing training to meet legal and other requirements

3.3 Assist with developing and implementing changes to workplace policies, procedures, processes and systems that will achieve compliance

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.


Details of Learning Activities

The course commences with an introductory Face to Face workshop held in beginning of Program Commencement.  All learning and assessment resources are provided online and facilitator led activities are conducted for successful completion of this course.

Teaching Schedule

This course is taught entirely online.,

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Due Dates and Extensions

Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates.

Extensions of Time for Submission of Assessable Work

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.;ID=8r23xxpe4fne

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration.

Special Consideration;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:

• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment.

All communication regarding Special Consideration will be sent to your student email account. Please ensure you check your account on a daily basis.

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Cluster 1: The following table details the process of assessment for this cluster of units:

BSBWRT401 - Write complex documents

BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research information

BSBWHS402 - Assist with compliance with WHS laws


Assessment Tasks


Task 1

Forum discussion


Task 2

Online Quiz – Complex Documents (Blackboard)


Task 3

Online Quiz – WHS Law (Safetyline)


Task 4



Assessment Tasks




Assessment Task

Based on

Released on

Due on or before

Final grade percentage


Legal Framework



12th July


16th August




Complex Documents (Quiz)


12th July


16th August







12th July


16th August




Assist with Compliance with WHS Laws (Assignment)


12th July


16th August



(Task 3 comprises of 2 quizzes)


Assessment Matrix

Other Information


Assessment Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exam, prac reports, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac reports).

• Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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