Course Content
Support and facilitate the implementation of a WHSMS
This topic involves supporting and facilitating the implementation of a Workplace Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS). It includes determining the appropriate structure and content of the WHSMS, effective consultation with stakeholders, and gaining their agreement for its implementation.
Develop WHS policy and commitment to a WHSMS
In this topic you'll focus on developing a Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policy and fostering commitment to a WHS Management System (WHSMS). This includes communicating policy and commitment requirements, conducting an initial WHS review, developing a suitable WHS policy that aligns with organisational needs, and involving stakeholders in policy development and agreement. Finally, you'll document and communicate the WHS policy to relevant individuals and parties.
Develop and implement a WHS plan
This topic involves the development and implementation of a Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) plan. You'll communicate the plan's requirements to relevant parties, collaborate with them to create an appropriate WHS plan, and facilitate participation and consultation during its development. Additionally, you'll communicate the plan's implementation requirements and support individuals and parties in executing it, ensuring that policies, procedures, processes, and systems align with the WHS plan within your job role.
Measure and evaluate WHS performance
This topic focuses on measuring and evaluating Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) performance. It involves communicating the measurement and evaluation requirements of the WHS plan to relevant parties, facilitating their participation and consultation in this process. Additionally, you'll assess policies, procedures, systems, and processes within your job role to ensure they support the implementation of the WHS plan effectively.
Review and improve the WHSMS
This topic covers the process of reviewing and improving the Workplace Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS). It involves communicating the review and improvement requirements to relevant individuals and parties, facilitating their participation and consultation in this process. You will also document the outcomes of the review and suggest improvements, which should be submitted to management for consideration.
BSBWHS605 – Develop, implement and maintain WHS Management System
About Lesson

Commonwealth Legislation

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth): Sets out the legal obligations for ensuring the health and safety of workers and workplaces. It applies to Commonwealth workplaces and establishes the framework for WHS duties, rights, and responsibilities.

State and Territory WHS Acts

Each state and territory in Australia has its own WHS Act, which is generally aligned with the model WHS laws developed by Safe Work Australia. Examples include:

  • New South Wales: Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW)
  • Victoria: Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (VIC) – Victoria has not adopted the model WHS laws, but its legislation shares similar objectives.
  • Queensland: Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (QLD)
  • Western Australia: Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) – WA has recently adopted a version of the model WHS laws.
  • South Australia: Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA)
  • Tasmania: Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (TAS)
  • Australian Capital Territory: Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT)
  • Northern Territory: Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (NT)


WHS Regulations

Accompanying the Acts are the WHS Regulations, which provide more detailed requirements on how to achieve the standards set out in the Acts. These regulations cover a range of topics, including but not limited to risk management, specific hazards, and industry-specific requirements.

Codes of Practice

Codes of Practice provide practical guidance on how to meet the standards set out in the WHS Acts and Regulations. They offer ways to identify and manage risks, and while compliance is not mandatory if another method is used to ensure safety, they are considered best practice.


Australian Standards (AS) and Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) offer technical guidelines and specifications to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, reliable, and consistent. Relevant standards for WHS include those related to personal protective equipment, machinery safety, and workplace ergonomics.

The AS/NZS standard for Work Health and Safety (WHS) management systems is AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018. This standard provides a framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a WHS management system. It is designed to help organizations improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions.

AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 is aligned with other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environmental management, making it easier for organizations to integrate their WHS management system with other management systems.

Key components of AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 include:

  • Leadership and Worker Participation: Emphasizing the importance of leadership and worker involvement in the WHS management system.
  • Planning: Identifying hazards, assessing risks, and determining opportunities for improving WHS performance.
  • Support: Outlining the necessary resources, roles, responsibilities, and awareness for effective WHS management.
  • Operation: Planning, controlling, and managing activities and processes to address WHS risks and opportunities.
  • Performance Evaluation: Monitoring, measuring, analyzing, and evaluating WHS performance to ensure continual improvement.
  • Improvement: Addressing nonconformities and incidents, and taking corrective actions to improve WHS performance continually.


This standard is applicable to organizations of all sizes and industries, providing a systematic approach to managing health and safety. Implementing AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 can help organizations demonstrate their commitment to a safe and healthy work environment, potentially reducing the number of accidents and illnesses and improving overall performance.

Guidance Material and Publications

Safe Work Australia and state/territory WHS regulators provide a wide range of guidance materials, including fact sheets, checklists, and toolkits, to assist with the implementation of WHS practices. These resources cover various industries and WHS topics, offering valuable information for both employers and workers.

When developing, implementing, or maintaining a WHSMS, it’s essential to refer to the specific WHS legislation and resources relevant to your jurisdiction and industry. Staying informed about legislative changes and industry best practices ensures that your WHSMS remains compliant and effective in managing health and safety risks in the workplace.