• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Health
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2018
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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

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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Workload

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893MDIPL, 7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact College for permission number.

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).

Indicative Reading List

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.

Fees

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:
Band 3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9717 16 Oct 2018 16 Oct 2018 26 Oct 2018 30 Nov 2018 In Person

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