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BSB51319 Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Work Health & Safety

Next intake July 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
Duration Part-time: 12 months

Course description

Our course offers practical WHS theory and guidance that can be translated to a broad range of industries.  The course also considers that people can work in a broad range of health and safety roles and that one size does not fit all.

Importantly our WHS course includes both Model WHS legislation and Victorian OHS legislation which considers the differences in Victorian requirements.

Possible career outcomes

  • Work Health and Safety Supervisor
  • Work Health and Safety Manager

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
BlendedStart: 17 Jul 2024
Wednesday 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Part-time: 12 months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

How often do I attend?

  • Online delivery 5.30pm – 9.30pm each Wednesday (4 hours)
  • On-campus delivery 9.00am – 3.00pm one Wednesday per month (to be advised) (6 hours)

  • Applicants must be 18 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.

  • Applicants must have access to and be able to use a computer, including electronic documents and software applications.  
  • Required pre-requisites or equivalent competencies are:
    • BSBWHS412 (BSBWHS402) Assist with workplace compliance with WHS laws. 
    • BSBWHS413 (BSBWHS403) Contribute to implementation and maintenance of WHS consultation and participation processes.
    • BSBWHS414 (BSBWHS404) Contribute to WHS risk management
    • BSBWHS415 (BSBWHS405) Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
    • BSBWHS416 (BSBWHS406) Contribute to workplace incident response.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Contribute to developing implementing and maintaining an organisation's WHS management system BSBWHS516 50
Lead initial response to and investigate WHS incidents BSBWHS515 50
Lead the development and use of WHS risk management tools BSBWHS519 40
Lead WHS risk management BSBWHS513 40
Manage WHS consultation and participation processes BSBWHS522 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Communicate with influence BSBCMM511 60
Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety BSBWHS512 50
Implement and evaluate system of work for managing hazardous chemicals BSBWHS531 40
Manage implementation of emergency procedures BSBWHS520 40
Manage WHS hazards associated with maintenance and use of plant BSBWHS518 60


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects
  • Exam

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $5.41 per hour 470 AUD $2,543.00 AUD $3,055.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $12.56 per hour 470 AUD $5,903.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $300.00
Education Levy AUD $70.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $12,063

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts at Deakin
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin
  • Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 9/05/2024 8:00:42 AM