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WHS Manager

Find out how to become an WHS manager in the WHS sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an WHS Manager is $102,300 - $155,900 annually

What does a WHS Manager do?

WHS Managers are responsible for the performance of their company’s health and safety team, ensuring all standards of business health and safety are understood and implemented. Employment for this role is expected to grow strongly to 2022, from 26,400 workers in 2017 to 30,600 by 2022. 16,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

Read more about the WHS industry.

What are the key skills of a WHS Manager?

WHS advisors are required to exert strong leadership and communication skills to effectively supervise and ensure quality performance from their health and safety team.  

  • An excellent understanding of government legislation as well as their company policies and regulations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for training employees on WHS procedures and for advising WHS strategies
  • Ability to identify hazards and control risks in the workplace; and implement health and safety plans
  • High-level documentation skills for the recording, investigation, and reporting of safety performance
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills to ensure the efficient and ethical performance of their health and safety team
  • Ability to effectively handle injury and compliance investigations.

How to become a WHS Manager

WHS Managers typically hold bachelor-level qualifications in business or science, however, you can gain relevant skills and knowledge through a VET qualification as well.

We recommend studying a BSB51319 - Diploma of Work Health and Safety as this qualification can help you prepare for this career outcome, giving you an in-depth overview of the WHS Industry and its impact across businesses and organisations.

Quick facts

WHS advisors can be found in most industries, with a high number of full-time workers. Here are a few quick facts on the role of a WHS advisor.

Employment for WHS Managers is set to grow moderately in the next five years, with 16,200 currently employed in the sector, as of 2020. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    46 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Public administration and safety; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction
  • Job Growth
    Expected to grow moderately in the next five years, with 16,200 currently employed in the sector, as of 2020. 

* 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.

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