Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy (LAWS6096)


This unit of study is on work health and safety law and practice. Its main focus is on the role of law in preventing disease, injury and death at work, principally by focusing on the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW), the relevant case law, and the enforcement of the Act. The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 will be placed in its broader context, including the extent of injury and disease at work, the principles of work health and safety management, changing work arrangements, the history of work health and safety regulation and broader principles of regulatory theory. Regulatory provisions governing health and safety in the mining, transport and clothing, textile and footwear industries will also briefly be examined.

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Intro Class: Jul 8, 9 & 22, 23 (9-5)


class participation (10%), 3000wd essay (40%) and take-home exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6252 or a law degree (GradDipPubHL and MLLR students) and LAWS6071 (MLLR students)

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.