DEF Defence Work Health and Safety

This project is part of the DEF Defence Skills.


This project will consider the current and future capability needs relating to Defence Work Health and Safety. The project addresses ongoing Defence capability reviews, wider industry practices, or Defence legislative requirements.

This project addresses the ongoing requirement to review and update DEF Defence Training Package materials previously endorsed in 2015 and ensuring that Defence’s current and future capability needs are met beyond 2019-20. The project will be undertaken as part of ongoing Defence capability reviews across the Australian Defence Force. Where imported elective Units of Competency are identified as either deleted or superseded, the IRC may also elect to revise the affected Defence qualification(s) through the IRC minor upgrade process.

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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 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed 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, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

Greg Spence
Greg Spence
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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