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Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Management / Centre for Innovative Practice




This article was originally published as: Bahn, S. T., & Barratt-Pugh, L. G. (2012). Harmonised health and safety legislation in Australia: Confusion and complexity for training remains. Proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference. (pp. 16). Perth, Australia. Original article available here


This paper presents findings from a study that examined the impact of the national Work Health and Safety Act 2011 on training delivery for safety professionals and their perceptions of what assisted in reducing industrial accidents. The study identified an increased uptake of safety training including high risk licensing and post-graduate degrees and the inclusion of safety elements across many courses in TAFE and universities. In addition industry is calling for safety professionals with a formal tertiary qualification in the discipline. However, national and state regulators are limited in their understanding of the complex training framework. The paper concludes by calling for further research that evaluates safety training that meets quality delivery standards and effective transferability of the learning.

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