DEF Defence Work Health and Safety

This project is part of the DEF Defence Skills.

Project Update

31 January 2020

A focus group comprised of Defence personnel and industry experts is continuing review and development work for this project.

25 July 2019


Work on the Defence Work Health and Safety project has commenced.

The Public Safety IRC is currently working with the Department of Defence to revise existing qualifications in the DEF Defence Training Package.

As this material is sensitive in nature, initial requests for access to draft DEF Defence Training Package products is by written application only via email to the Industry Manager.

For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.


Review and development of Defence Training Package components relating Work Health and Safety will be undertaken as part of ongoing capability reviews across the Australian Defence Force. Wider industry practices and Defence legislative requirements will also be addressed during this process. Where imported elective Units of Competency are identified as either deleted or superseded, the IRC may also elect to update the affected Defence qualification(s) through this review.

The expected submission of the Case for Endorsement will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by 30 October 2020.

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The Public Safety IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Defence focus group will be formed to provide the subject matter expertise for this project.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

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Katherine White
Industry Manager

Project Deliverables

One qualification to be reviewed:

  • DEF43315 Certificate IV in Work Health Safety

15 existing Units of Competency to be reviewed:

  • DEFGEN012 Provide technical advice
  • DEFWHS001 Identify and monitor radiation hazards
  • DEFWHS002 Develop noise management plans
  • DEFWHS003 Apply radio frequency radiation safety procedures
  • DEFWHS005 Apply ionising radiation safety procedures
  • DEFWHS007 Work safely with lasers
  • DEFWHS008 Apply laser safety procedures
  • DEFWHS010 Identify confined space
  • DEFWHS011 Enter confined space
  • DEFWHS012 Test confined space environment
  • DEFWHS013 Control entry to confined spaces
  • DEFWHS014 Monitor and report on hazardous substances safety
  • DEFWHS015 Conduct a work health and safety audit
  • DEFWHS016 Conduct work health and safety inspections
  • DEFWHS017 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation
  • DEFRNG009 Supervise contractors

One existing Skill Set to be reviewed:

  • DEFSS00014 Enter Confined Space Skill Set

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