Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management

Course information for - 2024 entry

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$22400 Fee-paying

Start dates
ACU Term 1 - 29 Jan, ACU Term 2 - 22 Apr, ACU Term 3 - 15 Jul, ACU Term 4 - 7 Oct


This degree provides you with advanced technical competencies in occupational health, safety and environmental management theory and practice. The twelve units will prepare you for a management-level position in the industry. 

By studying this fully online course you’ll gain the educational requirements to seek certification as an OHS professional and you may be eligible for free membership to the Australian Institute of Health and Safety. The course is fully accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB). 

The Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management delivers distinct, but integrated, units taught by practitioner academics, so you can develop your skills with true industry perspective. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals and you will have flexibility in your choice of electives, including an option to undertake a research project under supervision.

A graduate certificate and graduate diploma in occupational health, safety and environmental management are available as awards for this course.

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing ACU Term 1

  • Schedule of Specified Unit OfferingsOHSE601Principles of OHSE Management10 cp
  • Schedule of Specified Unit OfferingsOHSE603Physical Hazards in Occupational Environments10 cp
  • Schedule of Specified Unit OfferingsOHSE602Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Management Systems10 cp
  • Schedule of Specified Unit OfferingsOHSE612Occupational Health and Wellbeing10 cp

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit.

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management or Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management may exit from the course with the relevant award.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  2. Bachelor degree in a different discipline and evidence of two years industry experience; or
  3. Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admissions Rules.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Inherent requirement

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Course costs

Average first year fee*

$22400 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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Staff Profile

Dr Trajce Cvetkovski

Senior Lecturer, OHSE Discipline Leader and Course Coordinator

Dr Trajce Cvetkovski is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Leader of OHSE. He has practised as a barrister in Australia since 1996 and is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to joining ACU, Dr Cvetkovski was an OHS/WHS prosecutor, and Principal Legal Officer for Queensland’s Office of Industrial Relations for 13 years. He specialises in OHSE compliance and work, health and safety regulation.

Dr Cvetkovski has prosecuted several complex health and safety matters ranging from heat exhaustion, bullying, and electrical safety to reckless conduct. He has expertise in assessing actual as opposed to theoretical approaches to reasonably practicable initiatives in various workplace settings.

Dr Cvetkovski has a particular interest in directors’ duties and due diligence. His current research interests include corporate behaviour and regulatory compliance. Prior to working in government, Dr Cvetkovski worked in private practice.


Nathan Sewell

"I've enjoyed the course and being guided and challenged by lecturers who have a wealth of OHSE experience and knowledge across numerous industries. The lecturers and tutors have been excellent at making themselves available. I'm using the skills and knowledge learned through this course to develop my organisation's national safety record and reputation within its industry. Together with my team, we have substantially improved our organisation’s safety record and subsequently reduced associated costs and premiums. OHSE is always growing and changing. An expanding organisation, such as the one I am currently with, will continually present itself with new and exciting opportunities to match my own development. No matter where I end up, I am confident my skills, experiences and qualifications will greatly benefit those around me."

Nathan Sewell
ACU Graduate, Master of OHSEM

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