Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who coordinate and maintain the OHS program within an organisation. Individuals would possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work and the work of others with safety responsibilities.

Job Roles

OHS Manager

OHS Practitioner

Senior OHS Officer.


Total number of units = 8

8 elective units

5 elective units must be selected from the Group A units listed below.

The remaining 3 elective units may be selected from the Group A or the Group B units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed below, 1 unit may be selected from either a Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

Elective units

Group A units

add topic BSBOHS501B Participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing OHS

add topic BSBOHS502B Participate in the management of the OHS information and data systems

add topic BSBOHS503B Assist in the design and development of OHS participative arrangements

add topic BSBOHS504B Apply principles of OHS risk management

add topic BSBOHS505C Manage hazards in the work environment

add topic BSBOHS508B Participate in the investigation of incidents

Group B units

add topic BSBOHS506B Monitor and facilitate the management of hazards associated with plant

add topic BSBOHS507B Facilitate the application of principles of occupational health to control OHS risk

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


    Qualification Pathways

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety or other relevant qualification/s


    with extensive vocational experience in providing guidance to others in matters relating to occupational health and safety but without formal OHS qualifications

    Examples of indicative job roles for candidates seeking entry based upon their vocational experience include:

    Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator

    Occupational Health and Safety Officer.

    This breadth of expertise would equate to the competencies required to undertake this qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

    BSB60607 Advanced Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills


Qualification Code and Title

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by industry for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


consulting with internal and external stakeholders

determining appropriate format for occupational health and safety documentation

preparing statutory reports as required

questioning, clarifying and evaluating information


defining performance measures and working collaboratively with team members

supporting managers and team members

utilising participative arrangements to develop processes


analysing data and evaluating the effectiveness of systems

calculating resource requirements and acquiring them

dealing with barriers to the successful implementation of occupational health and safety systems

developing, implementing and monitoring contingency management strategies

identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risk through appropriate control measures

solving complex and non-routine difficulties

using a variety of problem solving and decision making strategies

Initiative and enterprise

integrating occupational health and safety into other functional areas and management systems

responding to new and changing circumstances and implementing improvements to occupational health and safety management, information and data systems

Planning and organising

collecting, collating and analysing information using appropriate workplace business systems

developing systems that are flexible and responsive to changing circumstances

planning and managing resource acquisition and deployment within budgetary constraints


ensuring work practices are ethical and performed professionally at all times

managing own time and priorities and dealing with contingencies

taking responsibility as required by work role and ensuring all organisational polices and procedures are followed


counselling staff as required on skill development requirements

monitoring and facilitating occupational health and training programs

providing learning and development opportunities


using risk analysis tools and tools for occupational health and safety research

using software systems to create occupational health and safety documents, flowcharts, schedules and graphs

using technology to assist the management of information and to assist the planning process