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Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC061 (External)

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Key features

  • Become a highly-skilled Work Health and Safety (WHS) professional.
  • Develop your ability to manage workplace safety by analysing, generating and communicating practical solutions.
  • Cover core areas such as law, corporate social responsibility, human factors, leadership, and change and risk management.
  • Program delivered completely online by highly experienced academics and industry personnel.
  • Commonwealth supported – you can apply for HECS-HELP and the Australian Government contributes to part of the cost.



Learn to manage workplace safety by critically analysing, generating, and communicating practical solutions to safety issues.

You will study law and corporate social responsibility; human factors; leadership; change and risk management, and the systematic management of workplace hazards.

The knowledge you gain can be applied to many industries, including aviation, transportation, healthcare, mining and defence. You can play a critical role in workplace safety and productivity. 

This qualification is delivered online only.

Why Graduate Certificate in Organisational Safety and Human Factors

Why this Degree

Employment opportunities for Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals are expected to grow strongly in Australia between now and 20201.

Developed by academic and industry leaders – experts in their chosen professions – the Graduate Certificate in Organisational Safety and Human Factors blends academic theory with industry relevance.

You can use the certificate as a stepping stone to a graduate diploma in Human Factors and Safety Management Systems or Organisational Safety Management.

As it is delivered entirely online, this certificate is ideal for full-time and part-time students, or for full-time workers.

Because this qualification is Commonwealth supported, you can apply for HECS-HELP and the Australian Government contributes to part of the cost.

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Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide. These extensive industry connections give us a truly competitive edge – our students get real-world skills and contacts.

We emphasise hands-on training and knowledge. As part of this graduate certificate you will draw on international research expertise and a series of applied projects to make your studies applicable to the real world.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

Employment opportunities for Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals are expected to grow strongly in Australia between now and 20201. The skills you will learn in this qualification are broad and they can be applied to almost any industry.

Careers to consider:

  • workplace health and safety officer: overseeing workplace health and safety including monitoring compliance, training, policies and procedures, and auditing
  • return to work coordinator: provide safety awareness, accident prevention and rehabilitation services, ensure policies and procedures are in place

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What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn to manage workplace safety by critically analysing, generating, and communicating practical solutions to safety issues.

You will study:

  • law and corporate social responsibility
  • human factors
  • leadership
  • change and risk management
  • the systematic management of workplace hazards

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • written essays and assignments
  • online group participation and discussions

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Work Health & Safety Law and Corporate Social Responsibility BUSS 5203 4.5
Safety Management Systems BEHL 5051 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Foundations and Applications of Human Factors BEHL 5050 4.5
General Risk and Workplace Management BUSS 5212 4.5

My research in human factors includes the implications of driver-only rail operations, the effects of an in-cab advisory system, zone controller errors, and investigating causes of tram-on-tram collisions. My particular interests are in the cognitive effects of technology in the workplace, situation awareness, and user resistance to technology.

Dr Jan Rose

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Jan Rose

Dr Jan Rose

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

This program provides a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Organisational Safety Management.

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