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1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

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Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Develop necessary skills to manage workplace safety with a systematic and strategic approach.
  • Learn to justify and implement solutions to complex organisational safety issues.
  • Focus on leadership, critical analysis, problem-solving, communication and change management.
  • Investigate the impact of safety in today’s business environment.
  • Program delivered completely online by highly experienced academics and industry personnel.



Learn about safety in today’s business environment, and how to manage workplace safety with a systematic and strategic approach.

You will develop leadership and management abilities, and learn critical analysis, problem solving, communication, and change management. You will also learn to identify and implement solutions to complex safety issues, such as high risk activities and psycho-social risks. The skills you develop are transferrable across all industries.

For assessment and workplace project purposes, we strongly recommended students be either employed or have access to a workplace.

This qualification is delivered online only.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop a foundation in organisational safety issues so that you will be able to:

  • review complex safety issues to improve workplace safety
  • critically evaluate the social and economic environment of an organisation
  • source and evaluate information to justify safety interventions
  • initiate change to meet complex organisational requirements
  • appraise complex risk factors and formulate control measures
  • consult, and communicate organisational safety requirements to a range of audiences

If you are studying part-time, we recommend you complete the four courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Human Factors and Organisational Safety first.

Degree structure

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
Risk Management in Social Responsibility BEHL 5052 4.5
Managing Safety Change in Organisations BEHL 5053 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
Strategic Measurement of Safety Performance BUSS 5211 4.5
Management of Work Health and Safety Psychosocial Risk BEHL 5095 4.5

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

For assessment and workplace project purposes, we strongly recommended students be either employed or have access to a workplace.

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

Why Graduate Diploma in Organisational Safety Management

Why this Degree

Workplace health and safety is a growing field and employment opportunities are expected to grow strongly in Australia between now and 20201.

Taught by experienced academics and industry experts using the latest teaching tools, you’ll learn the most current workplace safety methods and be able to transfer those skills to any industry.

As it is delivered entirely online, this diploma 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 diploma 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.

Career outcomes

Your career

The broad nature of this qualification means the skills you learn can be applied to any industry, including:

  • aviation
  • transportation
  • healthcare
  • mining
  • defence
  • security

Careers to consider:

  • occupational health, welfare and safety manager: managing workplace health and safety including monitoring compliance, training, policies and procedures, and auditing
  • WHS advisor: hands-on safety systems development, coaching and influencing staff, identifying harm reduction strategies and opportunities
  • health, safety and  compliance manager: overseeing compliance issues and taking corrective action, monitoring site safety performance, reporting on performance

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

The Graduate Certificate in Organisational Safety and Human Factors provides a pathway into this qualification.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

My research includes applied human factors and safety management systems program development for industries that operate in high-risk environments and CRM/HF and Fatigue Management programs that focus on awareness vital to corporate concerns and industry regulatory compliance. My areas of expertise include military, commercial airline, and emergency medical systems (EMS) ground and aviation HF/SMS development. I am also involved in operations management of flight training program, developing operating procedures and regulatory compliance for industry.

AsPr Doug Drury

Program Director

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AsPr Doug Drury

Program Director


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