Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety

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Career outcomes

Our occupational health and safety graduates have pursued careers as:

  • certified OHSE professionals
  • certified WHS professionals
  • OHSE and WHS inspectors
  • OHSE practitioners
  • OHSE managers
  • OHSE directors
  • OHSE management consultants
  • OHSE executives
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About occupational health and safety

Foster a safe and healthy work environment in accordance with legislation. Our suite of occupational health, safety and environmental management (OHSEM) courses are designed for practicing, retraining and aspiring OHSE practitioners, as well as business professionals and leaders who seek to improve practices and compliance in their organisations. As an OHSE specialist, you'll be equipped to protect co-workers, family members, customers and, employers and employees in workplace environments, helping to reduce injuries and illness. You'll also learn about physical and psychosocial hazards, risk assessment and monitoring, environment and safety law, and business administration and management issues. 

Flexible study options

Our graduate OHSEM courses are designed for working professionals and are offered through Open Universities Australia. Whether you’re retraining or looking to diversify your career options, you have the flexibility to study when it suits, online, from anywhere in the world.

A management focus

Add management to your abilities. Our OHSEM courses have a management focus that sets us apart from other providers. Study OHSEM with us and you’ll develop your knowledge and skills for higher-level management positions as well as your technical OHSE skills.

Professional recognition

The OHSE profession has undergone a rapid national and international transformation in recent years, with national and international standards changing the employment landscape. Employers now seek graduates with the right OHSE accreditations, so it’s never been more important to choose a course that puts you on the best path to becoming a certified OHSE professional. Both our Graduate Diploma in OHSEM and Master of OHSEM are accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. This means if you graduate with either of these degrees, you’ll meet the requirements for certification as an OHS professional.

Make others your mission

Choose the university dedicated to making a positive impact. As part of our commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the common good, it’s our goal to produce well-rounded OHS professionals who approach everything they do with firm morals and a strong sense of ethics – who think critically and care deeply about the safety and wellbeing of others.

Meet our students and staff

Alumni profile

Nathan Sewel

ACU Graduate, Master of OHSEM

"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."

Staff profile ACU Senior Lecturer Trajce Cvetkovski

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.

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