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WHS Officer

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

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The current average salary of an WHS Officer is $80,000 - $100,000 annually


WHS Officers assist with ensuring that employees are operating within a safe, OHS-compliant environment. 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.

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Key skills

WHS officers observe, assess, and report on the safety performance of a workplace, and assist with developing procedures that meet safety guidelines.

  • A sound knowledge of all the jobs they observe within the organisation
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to document and deliver content to employees
  • Keen observation skills to monitor the safety performance of a workplace and identify risks or hazards
  • Strong problem-solving skills to suggest necessary changes to unsafe work conditions
  • Excellent organisational skills for all documentation related to workplace compliance and WHS program to educate employees
  • A strong work ethic and ability to communicate and collaborate with others

Quick facts

WHS officers 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 officer.

  • Average Hours Worked
    40.2 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Public administration and safety; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction
  • Average qualification level
    Recommended qualification levels for WHS officers start at a certificate level

* 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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