1 Practice Management and Business Skills

Work Health and Safety 101: First Do No Harm

LawCPD Author: Cara Leavesley
Cara Leavesley
Special Counsel 3D HR Legal
1 CPD Point


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WHS obligations impact most businesses in Australia – and breaching these obligations can have serious consequences. This course will give you a solid grounding in the core WHS requirements to ensure you can advise your clients appropriately on these issues.

The Model WHS Laws have now been adopted in almost every State and Territory. The impact of the WHS Laws is far-reaching – affecting most businesses, organisations, workers, directors and officers. The consequences for breaching these obligations are also very serious – particularly for committing offences such as industrial manslaughter.

This course provides an overview of the WHS Laws in Australia, outlining the core requirements applicable in each jurisdiction that has adopted the Model WHS Laws. The course will equip you to understand:

  • The current WHS regulatory environment in Australia;
  • The core obligations placed on businesses, organisations, workers and officers under the WHS Act;
  • The potential penalties which can be imposed for breaches of the WHS Act;
  • The recent movement to emphasise accountability for workplace safety through the adoption of industrial manslaughter laws;

The practical application of WHS duties to contemporary workplace hazards such as COVID-19.


Last Updated: March 2024

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LawCPD Author: Cara Leavesley
Cara Leavesley
Special Counsel 3D HR Legal

Cara is a senior workplace relations lawyer and Senior Counsel at 3D HR Legal, an award winning employment law firm.

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  1. 5.0/5
    This is a great course
    The course was presented in a format that was easy to follow with very well articulated content
  2. 5.0/5
    Great course
    Easy to understand and follow with interesting case scenarios.
  3. 5.0/5
    An informative course
    This course is a good introduction to the Cth WHS Act and its requirements. The scope of WHS coverage has increased over the last decade or so and this course is a good overview of the main requirements under the model legislation which has been adopted (with some modifications) by almost all state and territory jurisdictions.
  4. 5.0/5
    This is a good course.
    This is a good introduction to the subject.
  5. 5.0/5
    A very handy overview
    This is a good beginner's course that gives you a good overview of WHS legislation, very useful for in-house counsel.
  6. 5.0/5
    This was a great course and great introduction to WHS.
    This course was easy to follow and provided a great introduction to WHS. As a lawyer who does not practice in this area, I found this course very useful as it provided an overview of the legal considerations and also provided recent case examples which were interesting.
  7. 5.0/5
    Taking ownership of work health and safety
    Very informative course highlighting the working national model for work health and safety.

  8. 4.0/5
    Easy to navigate and well presented.
  9. 5.0/5
    Very good overview of the WHS Act
    Well presented and structured.
  10. 4.0/5
    Learned a lot in this course.
  11. 5.0/5
    Great summary of WHS Law
    The course was easy to follow, video and practical examples were very helpful as well as the overview of the different penalties in each state.
  12. 5.0/5
    This course was easy to follow.
  13. 3.0/5
    Well constructed and informative
    This is a well constructed and informative introductory course.
  14. 4.0/5
    An informative course of a high standard
    The definitions, principles, duties, responsibilities, regulation, penalties and pitfalls of PCBUs, directors, workers, volunteers was well enunciated.
  15. 5.0/5
    This is a great course, I have learned a lot.
    The course was effortless and easy to follow. Thank you
  16. 4.0/5
    This course provided a helpful overview of new model laws with good case examples by way of illustration.
    This course is well worth the time for completion and the cost of purchase.