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LAWS6096: Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy

2024 unit information

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. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS6096
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071 (MLLR students)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse and apply fundamental concepts, issues, and debates in work health and safety regulation.
  • LO2. evaluate the impact of legal regulation on preventing ill-health, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace.
  • LO3. articulate the key principles in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and synthesise these principles in reasoning applied to complex hypothetical and real-world legal scenarios.
  • LO4. analyse industry-specific work health and safety legislation.
  • LO5. critically evaluate the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) and industry-specific health and safety legislation, including the underpinning policy and their practical operation, to formulate evidence-based conclusions.
  • LO6. create sound, logically structured legal arguments and analyses and communicate these.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1b 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive September 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive October 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 2a 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2b 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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