Graduate Diploma of Health (Workplace Health and Safety)

Advance your workplace health and safety leadership skills, using evidence based practice, with a qualification from the Victorian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (VIOSH).
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

This program aims to assist Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) professionals further develop, implement and evaluate WH&S interventions by utilising strong evidence based practice.

Coursework from the Graduate Certificate of Health (Workplace Health and Safety) is delivered in first year, focusing on practice and risk as well as regulations, systems and complexity. Semester two incorporates core subjects on organisational effectiveness and research skills.

The flexibility of this program will allow you to continue working, whilst adequately interacting with your supervisory team.

Upon successful completion, you may wish to consider studying the Master of Health (Workplace Health and Safety).

Please note, on campus blocks are compulsory for some subjects within this program. Please view individual subjects within the sample structure tab (below) for further information. 

  • Health and safety coordinator
  • National safety manager
  • Senior health and safety manager
  • Occupational health and safety manager
  • National health and safety advisor
  • Safety manager
  • Senior health and safety advisor

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

This is a blended program with online components and a block on campus each semester.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criterial HE study

An applicant must have successfully completed a three year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in a related health cognate discipline area.

Admission criteria work/life experience

Either a bachelor degree; or a diploma or advanced diploma in OHS plus at least two years OHS experience in a workplace, or at least three years OHS management experience.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements (Domestic): It is strongly recommended that program participants be in employment or have access to a workplace for completion of assessment.

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HM4

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,021 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are based on 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways into the program include:

  • FedUni's Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety program; or
  • a bachelor degree; or
  • a diploma or advanced diploma in OHS plus at least two years OHS experience in a workplace; or
  • at least three years OHS management experience.

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Occupational Hazard Management you may enter the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management in the second year.

This program is accredited by the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). Graduands of this program are deemed to have met the OHS qualification content requirement for certification, at either OHS professional or Chartered OHS professional levels.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Liz Seaward