• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Cameron Roles
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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This course in Occupational Health and Safety Law will provide students with an understanding of the legal regulation of workplace safety, especially the employer's common-law duty to maintain a safe workplace and the employer's obligations under occupational health and safety statutes.

The course will consider the problem of work-related injuries in the workplace, and the nature of workplace accidents. It will consider briefly the history of workplace safety regulation, including the failure of the common law to reduce accidents in the workplace and the Robens reforms on which modern safety laws are based. The course will also consider the recent attempts to harmonise OHS laws.

The focus of the course will then shift to an examination of the new model Work Health and Safety legislation enacted in 5 Australian jurisdictions. The course will provide students with the opportunity to be completely up-to-date with these important changes.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
  1. Identify, explain and examine the legal regulation of workplace safety and critically evaluate past attempts to regulate safety at work;
  2. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge and ability to distinguish and explain the main provisions of the model Work Health and Safety legislation;
  3. Identify, explain and critically evaluate the functions, interests and limitations of the model Work Health and Safety laws.
  4. Identify, examine and demonstrate critical analysis of the causes of workplace accidents; and
  5. Demonstrate , at masters level, the ability to plan and execute a research project to demonstrate legal research principles and methodologies in applying critical analysis and application of legal principles and practice to complex matters arising in occupational health and safety regulation.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment is likely to include:
  1. Class presentations on selected extracts from materials - 15%
  2. Class participation - 10%
  3. Research paper of approximately 6,000 words - 75%
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is:
  • Richard Johnstone and Michael Tooma: Work Health and Safety Regulation in Australia – the Model Act (Federation Press, 2012) (Hereafter J and T).

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6801 12 Jul 2016 12 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 26 Aug 2016 In Person N/A

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