Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

Occupational health and safety concerns the application of scientific principles in understanding the nature of risks to the safety of people in the industrial and non-industrial environments. It is a multi-disciplinary profession with applications in many industries. There exists a relatively strong demand for occupational health and safety professionals within industry. Practitioners might be called risk managers, occupational health and safety coordinators, safety officers or may work in research or as consultants. Typically large organisations employ risk managers, whilst some government or semi-government organisations may require research into aspects of transport or community accidents. Workers compensation insurance companies usually engage teams of risk managers to give advice to their corporate clients.


  • Students will study the content of the Core Body of Knowledge of OHS Professionals and learn to apply this in workplaces. Special focus is placed on workplace law, workplace hazards and their control, psychosocial work environment, ergonomics, the role of the organisation on health and safety
  • and critical thinking and decision making for OHS. In addition, students will complete a workplace intervention project. Many of the assignments used for assessment purposes will be based in students' work organisation to ensure that theory is directly applied to practical applications. The program is taught in block mode during one week per semester at the RMIT Melbourne city campus, with online support and weekly online tutorials. All lectures and materials are provided online.


  • Occupational health and safety

Standard entry requirements

  • An Australian bachelor degree, or equivalent
  • OR a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (BSB51307) with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0
  • And three years experience in the workforce with relevant experience in OHS International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).


Graduates, with appropriate experience, can apply for Professional Membership of the Safety Institute of Australia. The Graduate Diploma is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB).

Study pathways

Graduates with sufficiently high grades in the Graduate Diploma may consider further studies in the Master of Occupational Health and Safety.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City Domestic: $14,880
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Further information

Both community expectation and government legislation demands an increasingly higher level of protection for employees and the community at large from risks that threaten their safety and health. There is also an increasing demand in society for professionals with experience and qualifications in occupational health and safety. Professionals from areas such as human resources, nursing, engineering, sciences and computing are increasingly being asked to take on occupational health and safety roles with their employer. Professionals in this position are often exposed to situations where they may have good experience but they lack some of the technical background in occupational health and safety. This technical background can be obtained in various ways; one of the most efficient methods is to study for a postgraduate qualification.

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