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The WHS industry in Australia is a highly in-demand field that is set to only grow larger in size. This sector consists of stable job opportunities for men and women of all ages in most regions of the country.

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30,600 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2024

What does the WHS industry look like?

Those who wish to pursue a career in WHS must have a sound understanding of the Australian government policies and regulations, and how they take part in the working environment.

They must also be excellent communicators, as their ability to discuss important concepts and information will prove essential when training workers to comply with workplace codes and protocol. Thus, strong leadership skills are also a must for those with a career in WHS.

What job roles are there in WHS?

The WHS industry provides working opportunities in roles such as: 

  • WHS manager
  • WHS officer
  • Human Resources Officer.  

As this industry places you in a role where working with and teaching others is a constant, along with building upon your strategic thinking and decision-making skills; working in WHS can equip you with a well-rounded skillset that can benefit most other job positions and industries you choose to enter.

What skills do you need to work in WHS?

A career in WHS is ideal for those who are:

  • observant
  • investigative
  • consider themselves “people-persons”.

They are also highly analytical and enjoy finding and eliminating risks in a high-stakes environment. WHS skills are sought after in a wide range of industries including public administration and safety, construction, and professional scientific, and technical services.

Below are a few more key statistics on working in the WHS industry, along with the most common roles available.

This course helped me in a practical way. It gave me a much clearer understanding of my position and what is health and safety at work.
Student Q&A: Ester D'agostino
, Business Faculty Student - Work Health and Safety
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WHS industry insights

There's no doubt that the area of Workplace Health and Safety is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

  • Future job growth
    Strong growth expected
    *Up to 4,200 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    There are 26,400 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    Most regions
    Job roles for this profession can be found in most areas of Australia.*Source
  • Full time
    WHS Managers
    Average of $101,850 – 155,500 per annum
  • Full time
    Human Resource Officers
    Average of $58,000 – 72,500 per annum
  • Full time
    WHS Advisors
    Average of $84,000 – 126,350 per annum
  • Considerations
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Age range
  • 34 years old and younger
  • 35-54 years
  • 55 years and older
Education levels
  • Below Certificate III
  • Certificate III and IV
  • Diploma and above

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Why study WHS with Upskilled?

Upskilled’s WHS courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to enrol anytime of the year and study at your own pace.

What will you learn?

Students will learn all about WHS management, consultation, and participation, equipping them with the right skills to ensure that their workers effectively comply with business regulations regarding health and safety.

During your studies, you will be trained in both practical and technical knowledge regarding WHS laws and how you can contribute to related safety measures, initiatives, information systems, and management systems.

You will also learn how to identify and handle hazards and risks, along with implementing and monitoring environmentally sustainable work practices.

Our courses will allow students to pursue managerial and officer positions in WHS and Human Resources.

What other study perks do you get with Upskilled?

Furthermore, your online course includes:

  • comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study
  • a dedicated online lecturer will be provided to assist you in your learning process and offer academic support
  • access to a range of collaboration and communication tools that enable you to network and discuss with other students in your field, further enriching your overall student experience.

Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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