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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.

Course Fees: $3,500.00

Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51319)

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.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for this qualification for eligible applicants. Scholarships, partial scholarships and student loans may apply.

Course Structure

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

Communicate with influence (BSBLDR503)
Conduct data analysis (BSBITU501)
Develop and use emotional intelligence (BSBLDR511)
Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability (BSBSUS501)
Ensure a safe workplace for a work area (BSBWHS521)
Facilitate continuous improvement (BSBMGT516)
Lead and manage organisational change (BSBINN601)
Lead and manage team effectiveness (BSBWOR502)
Manage people performance (BSBMGT502)
Manage rehabilitation or return to work programs (BSBHRM509)
Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning (TAEDEL401A)


VET Fee Help is not available for this qualification: www.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. Scholarships 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


There are assessments tasks for every Performance Criteria built into every Unit of Competency.  You will not be assessed until you indicate that you are prepared for assessment.  You will be given at least one-week's notice by your Tutor or Facilitator for any assessment being organised by the Assessor.  You must have submitted your portfolio of evidence prior to the actual assessment date, or bring it with you to the assessment.  If face to face assessment is being undertaken you must attend.  If you are sick, a phone call is required to advise of your absence.  Otherwise, a doctor's certificate will be necessary for an alternative date to be set for the assessment.  For more information on assessment, refer to your Course Information Guide for this Unit, and/or for additional information, which is available on the GEM website.

If you do not have a workplace that is suitable for you to demonstrate your competence on the job, GEM College of International Business may be able to provide customised, flexible or on-the-job options for this course.  Contact your Tutor or Facilitator for further information to discuss your needs.

Reasonable adjustment
If you have a permanent or temporary condition that may prevent you successfully completing the assessment task(s) you should immediately discuss this with your Tutor or Facilitator, about a "reasonable adjustment".  This is the adjustment of the way in which you are to be assessed to take into account your condition.  This may include providing additional time, or a support person.  While assessment tasks may be changed to suit your condition, the actual performance criteria cannot be altered.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Current Competency
GEM College of International Business recognises skills gained through previous studies, the workplace and life experience which may allow you to complete your qualification more quickly than the nominated minimal hours.

You may be entitled to recognition that will exempt you from one or more Units of Competency.  Where you can provide evidence of competency in all Units in a given qualification, you will be required to complete a major project, to demonstrate your ability to provide current application of those competencies across a range of sectors, or with regards to a range of contingencies.

If you are granted RPL the target unit will be reported on your Academic Transcript advanced standing.  No gradings are provided for Units granted under RPL arrangements.

You must enrol in all Units of Competency and apply for an exemption by completing a form.  Attendance at class, or Online is necessary until any relevant exemption is granted.

For further information please contact the Quality Control Officer on (08) 8342 3316 or visit the GEM College website.


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. .


Sadly, the term "curriculum" has degenerated to being perceived and accepted simply as 'the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college'.

Having been actively engaged over three decades in the exciting cut and thrust of a convergence of entrepreneurship, technology development and education and training, and having seen the transformation of people and of communities engaged in learning through our unique methodologies the GEM College Executive has not been prepared to see any GEM College curriculum in such a diminished light.

To GEM College:

"Curriculum" is a planned, formalized design for teaching for certain known and intended learning outcomes, and for other unknown and unintended outcomes. It is the planned dynamic chaos that comes from the interaction of learners with other innovative people, peers, instructors, assessors, instructional materials and media, instructional activities and experiences, oneself and others, entrepreneurs and the entire learning environment interacting and interrelating as the pracademic ecosystem.

Our concept of "Curriculum" has shaped both our academic model and our business model.  We are unique.  

GEM College is not an educational organisation, nor an institution.   It is an innovative educational organism.  

We develop educators and entrepreneurs - We practice what we teach.

Bring your career to the next level with a globally recognized business degree. Our qualifications provide specialized, flexible, scalable training that meets your needs to be a future business leader.

Grievances and Appeals

GEM College of International Business is committed to ongoing improvements that will enhance the service that is provided to you, the client.  Should you have any grievance with the way in which GEM College has conducted business with you, we will be pleased to listen to what you have to say.  By doing so, hopefully, we will improve our service which, will in turn, benefit everyone accessing training through us.

In the first instance, any grievance should be discussed with the relevant Administrative person, Tutor or Facilitator.  If they cannot resolve the problem to your satisfaction, it will then be referred to the Campus Manager.  If the Campus Manager was your first point of contact or if the issue is still not resolved to your satisfaction, then the National Manager shall endeavour to resolve the matter.  If the National Manager does not resolve the matter to your satisfaction, the Director-International Business or the Corporate Leader will be pleased to make an appointment and listen to your grievance.  Further detail regarding our grievance and appeals policy is contained in our "Customer Service Charter and Grievance Policy" which is located at www.gemcollege.edu.au/student-policies/.

If you do not agree with the result given for an assessment task, you may appeal the assessment decision.  You should first discuss the assessment result with your Tutor or Facilitator.  If you are not satisfied with the outcome of that discussion, you can access the appeal process through the Campus Manager.  More information on Learner's rights and responsibilities can be found at www.gemcollege.edu.au/student-policies/.

GEM College of International Business hereby gives an assurance that no discrimination shall be made against an individual or organisation lodging a grievance.  We view all criticism and suggested improvements as ways that will allow us to improve our service to you.

Important GEM Policies and Procedures

GEM College of International Business is acknowledged as upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional excellence.  We inculcate these same standards in our learners and strive to produce business leaders with recognised integrity.  Thus, our (benchmarked for best practice) policies and processes support this and protect both the College and learners.

The policies and processes of the College are transparent; we therefore discuss these with our learners during an Orientation Session at the commencement of each course.  You will be required to acknowledge that you have read, understand, accept and are willing to ascribe these policies and processes during the Orientation Session.  The college website (at http://www.gemcollege.edu.au/student-policies/) includes the following as essential pre-reading:


  • FM-28 Privacy and Personal Information Policy and Procedures
  • FM-31 Customer Service Charter and Grievance Policy
  • FM-53 Risk Management Policy
  • FM-54 Sexual Harassment Policy
  • FM-55 Environmental Policy
  • FM-138 Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunity (Equity) Policy and Procedures
  • FM-09 Quality Policy Statement
  • FM-49 Payment and Refund Policy
  • FM-134 Student Selection and Admission Policy