WHS framework

The University's Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) is based on the requirements set out within health and safety legislation to ensure work can be performed safely.

Risk management

The University's risk management system is based on legislative and self-insurers requirements.

Risk management is a systematic approach to managing risks in the workplace and involves the identifying hazards, assessing the risks, implementing controls and reviewing controls put into place.

Due to the diverse and versatile nature of the University, it is important to maintain current risk management plans and assessments. Staff can complete risk assessments online using the SafetyNet platform and are required in circumstances such as tasks involving manual handling or events serving alcohol to do so.


Inspection and monitoring

Workplace inspections

Regular workplace inspections are important ensure the ongoing safety of the working environment. The frequency of inspections is dependent on the working environment and the activities undertaken in the area.


It is also important that plant and equipment undergo regular maintenance and checks dependent upon legislative and manufacturers requirements. This is to ensure that all plant and equipment is operating safely.

Review and audits

Regular reviews of the health and safety management system are required to ensure it remains effective and relevant to the organisation. Each area should conduct regular reviews of processes and procedures to ensure that they are working effectively. 

The WHS unit also conducts regular audits to verify:

  • the level of compliance with planned arrangements, for example as stated in WHS documentation 
  • whether the WHSMS has been properly implemented and maintained
  • the level of implementation is effective