Work Injury and Workers' Compensation (REHB5071)


The focus of this unit of study is twofold. First it examines the pattern of workplace injury, disability and fatality in Australia, and explores its relationship to the organisation and dynamics of Australian industry, the labour market and state regulation, including the law and public administration. Second, the the unit of study analyses workers' compensation systems as the major social mechanism for managing workplace injury. Here students will be introduced to the history and development of workers' compensation in Australia and its operation in present-day contexts. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the role of key stakeholders and public institutional mechanisms in shaping workers' compensation policies and services.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Two full day workshops in Weeks 4 and 11 and online learning, or online equivalent


1x2000wd Essay (35%), Rehabilitation Plan (40%), Multiple choice exam (25%),

Faculty/department permission required?


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Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.