Course Title: Design safe buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6097

Course Title: Design safe buildings

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Term1 2013,
Term2 2012

Course Contact: Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply safe design principles to control OHS risk during the life of a building. It includes the ability to identify and comply with legal responsibilities and obligations and evaluate OHS hazards associated with the design, construction and use of a building during its life cycle. Applying safe design principles requires consultation with stakeholders and specialist advisors and the ability to make recommendations for alternative design solutions and incorporate risk controls into the building design and end use.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU587 Design safe buildings


1.  Investigate OHS requirements in the design process

2.  Undertake hazard identification and OHS risk evaluation

3.  Design to facilitate safe construction, use and maintenance of a building

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to design safe buildings which comply with current OHS legislation and relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.  Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
     •  comply with legal responsibilities and obligations and organisational policies and procedures, including OHS
     •  implement risk management processes for the identification of OHS hazards and selection of suitable controls
     •  consult with relevant stakeholders to determine safety requirements in the life cycle stages of a building
     •  design a safe building which complies with current legislative requirements for the design, construction and use of a building.