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Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51319)


If you are interested in ensuring a safe work environment, but lack the knowledge and skills to do so, this is the course for you. If you have been a Safety Representative, Safety Supervisor, or been involved in managing Work Health and Safety, and can provide evidence of your current competencies, you could gain credit status towards this qualification.

Part of GEM’s Mission is “to help make the world a safer place to work” – if you want to be involved in that challenge, this is the course for you.

*  Subsidies: Employers and Individuals eligible for subsidised training via industry tendering processes benefit from discounted group training.

* Recognition: Individuals who have had significant experience in a given industry, in managing projects, or being members of a Project Team could be eligible for Recognition of Current Competencies, or Recognition of Prior Learning.

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Do you believe that safety is everybody’s business? Are you interested in leading workplace health and safety?

This qualification is suitable for people who coordinate and maintain the Work Health and Safety (WHS) programs in an organisation, or who would like to move into a career that focuses on Workplace Health and Safety.

This course will enable you to apply your well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts including the application of legislation (the rights and obligations of all parties), Manual Handling and Back Care, Ergonomics, Fire Personal Protection and Evacuation, Stress, and Confined Space Entry procedures.

GEM Graduates of this qualification will gain a comprehensive understanding of Workplace Health and Safety legislation within their own jurisdiction, and make comparative analysis between their own operations and the legislative requirements. They will be exposed to world’s best practice policies and procedures, and will be able to apply this substantial knowledge base to conduct safety audits, and manage hazards within the workplace, including monitoring and managing Material Safety Data Sheets.

The Mission of GEM College is “to assist individuals and corporations towards achieving their highest potential and to help make the world a safer place to work” – we’re doing our part…. Will you do yours?


GEM College is based in Adelaide, South Australia. South Australia has a proud heritage in work, health and safety – and in women’s rights. While Finland was the first country to give women the right to vote, South Australia was the first legislative jurisdiction in the world, to give all women the right to vote, and the right to be elected to office. This happened in towards the end of the 19th century, in 1894.

In that same year the progressive South Australian Parliament passed the Factory Act, which was the world’s most progressive, worker focused legislation at that time.

South Australia continued to lead the world with its worker focused legislation right through the 20thcentury, and into the 21stcentury. The original Factory Act (1894) was largely championed by Mrs Augusta Zadow, a Factory Inspector who worked tirelessly to improve working conditions in all factories, but particularly those which employed female textile workers. Her tombstone, paid for by “three penny donations” from 1,000 factory workers honours her “Self-denying Efforts on Behalf of the Struggling and Oppressed.”

In recognition of the great work of Augusta Zadow, the GEM College Board has approved the granting of the Augusta Zadow Scholarship for WHS Management – Diploma of Work Health and Safety – Value $3,500; and ten Augusta Zadow Partial Scholarships – each valued at $1,500.

If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please email administration@gem-college.com for more details.

View this Qualification on training.gov.au.

Online and/or Blended Delivery

Diploma of Work Health and Safety – (BSB51319) (Release 2.0) .

Training Package

BSB Business Services Training Package (Release 5.0).

GEM Online Campus

The Learner is provided with User Name and Password to the GEM Online Campus, which enables access to the interactive Online Screen Guide; the Learner Guide (pdf); the Assessment Guide; and the Quick Reference Guide,

Blended Delivery

Study via face to face intensives; supported by Learner Guide, Assessment Guide; Online Seminars.

Time Commitment

Nominal minimum hours of study plus individual research and on the job application is 1,200 – 2,400 hours (normally over a period of 12-24 months); OR approximately 10 hours research and study per week (face-to-face/online) for 12 months from commencement.  During the balance of the time, learners will be engaged in work-based/simulated work-based (portfolio building) activities and assessments.

Course Details

The Course Structure consists of 10 units, 5 Core and 5 Electives:  At least 3 Elective units must be selected from Group A below, while the remaining Unit will be drawn from:

  • Group A or B below; or
  • any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level; or

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

Contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining an organisation’s WHS management systems (BSBWHS516)
Lead initial response to and investigate WHS incidents (BSBWHS515)
Lead the development and use of WHS risk management tools (BSBWHS519)
Lead WHS risk management (BSBWHS513)
Manage WHS consultation and participation processes (BSBWHS522)

Elective Units

Group A

Contribute to managing a WHS information system (BSBWHS517)
Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety (BSBWHS512)
Implement and evaluate system of work for managing hazardous chemicals (BSBWHS531)
Manage implementation of emergency procedures (BSBWHS520)
Manage WHS compliance of contractors (BSBWHS514)
Manage WHS hazards associated with maintenance and use of plant (BSBWHS518)

Group B

Analyse data (BSBDAT501)
Communicate with influence (BSBCMM511)
Coordinate rehabilitation and return to work programs (BSBHRM530)
Develop and use emotional intelligence (BSBPEF502)
Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability (BSBSUS511)
Ensure a safe workplace for a work area (BSBWHS521)
Facilitate continuous improvement (BSBSTR502)
Lead and manage organisational change (BSBLDR601)
Manage people performance (BSBLDR522)
Manage team effectiveness (BSBTWK502)
Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning (TAEDEL401)


VET Fee Help is not available for this qualification: gemcollege.edu.au/financial-assistance.

Where VET Fee Help is not available, other State Government funding/subsidies may be available within your state.  Please check with your GEM representative if you require clarity in this regard.

Your tuition fee includes:-

  • Access to GEM Online Campus – and interactive Onscreen Guides
  • Learner Guide for each Unit (pdf)
  • Assessment Guide for each Unit (pdf)
  • All essential reference materials.
  • Additional Reference materials may be requested, to further enhance your learning, and these will attract an additional charge.
  • Contact our Administration Centre on (08) 8342 3316 for more information and payment options.
  • Fees, charges and course offerings are subject to change.

This fee can be paid using EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, cheque, money order or purchase order.


A limited number of Partial Scholarships are offered within Australia annually.  A limited number of Offshore Scholarships are offered annually.  See Application for Consideration for Scholarship.

Course Fees:  $3,500


Entry Requirements/Pathways

Entry Requirements/Pathways There are entry requirements for this qualification – Please download the course brochure for more detail.

Articulation Pathways from the Qualification On completion of this qualification, you may undertake further specialist qualifications in this field; e.g. Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety or generic qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management; OR Advanced Diploma of Business.

Student selection Each applicant will be interviewed to ensure suitability of program for the individual and his/her current position and/or career path.

Gaining University Entrance A Diploma may gain 6-12 months advanced standing in a university degree.  Some Advanced Diplomas may be eligible for even more credit.  Choosing a GEM College of International Business to University Pathway is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage. A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma from GEM College of International Business, coupled with relevant industry experience, may gain entrance to post graduate qualifications.