Course Title: Assist with compliance with WHS laws

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: OHTH5809C

Course Title: Assist with compliance with WHS laws

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4330 - Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, 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) laws.

It includes identification of WHS legislation, duties, rights and obligations and the necessary actions to ensure compliance in the workplace.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS402A 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 advisors 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 where they are located 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

Details of Learning Activities

Following learning activities will be used:

• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• lectures(online)
• online activities
• group projects
• peer learning
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• other activities as decided by teaching staff

Teaching Schedule

The course will be introduced during a one day workshop and then taught entirely online - facilitatator led learning activities with access to learning resources 24X7 using "myRMIT".

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web sites Online Learning Hub. The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Course outlines
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities


Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• Class videos
• OHS videos
• Useful external links
• Learning Lab

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

The range of assessment tools used:

1. Participation in Discussion Forum
2. Report Writing and/or Case Studies 

3. Participation and completion of online quiz(zes)



  • demonstrate skills and knowledge used to assist with WHS legislative compliance
  • how to assess knowledge of how advice was provided in the workplace/simulated workplace, interpreting and applying legislation, and reporting requirements of legislation
  • demonstrate review of WHS action plans, documented WHS training needs and documents, and recording processes undertaken to ensure WHS compliance


Assessment Tasks

1 Legislative Penalties
2 Legal
(Case studies)
3 Report

Assessment Matrix

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