Available courses

Courses in a range of OHS-related topics are available each semester. For scheduled courses, including dates and costs, refer to the Training Schedule (pdf, 218kb).

Participants must complete a Training Enrolment Form (pdf,22kb) to register for these courses. Please complete all sections of the Training Enrolment Form, particularly the cost centre codes (if a course fee or cancellation fee applies).

First aid

First aid courses are offered in-house via the School of Health Sciences and are facilitated by a sessional trainer. A course fee applies. If the in-house dates don't suit, staff may enrol with an external Registered Training Organisation (e.g. St John Ambulance, Red Cross).

Staff who enrol in a first aid course and have their fees paid for by the University are expected to nominate and act as a FedUni First Aider

Apply First Aid (2 days)

Certificate valid for 3 years as long as annual Perform CPR updates are completed.

Perform CPR (3 hrs)

Must be completed annually to ensure the Apply First Aid certificate remains valid.

The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course is designed to teach all the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain breathing and circulation in an adult, child or infant following cardiac arrest.

First Aid Refresher (1 day)

Pre-requisites: a current First Aid qualification obtained within the last 3 years, plus a current Perform CPR attained within the last 12 months.

The Occupational First Aid Refresher course is a recertifying course which updates the knowledge and skills of the occupational first aider, enabling them to stay recertified with the advanced knowledge and skills to carry out emergency first aid for injuries and illnesses in the workplace. It will also update information on state and federal legislation as it applies to workplace first aid.

General health and safety

2 hour, free courses facilitated by Risk Health and Safety

Better Understanding and Preventing Stress

For managers and supervisors

  • Definition and significance of work stress
  • Types of interventions
  • Prevention

Bomb Threats

For customer service and front line staff

  • Responding appropriately to phoned, written or verbal bomb threats
  • Identifying suspect mail items and other objects, and taking appropriate steps

Dealing with Conflict and Aggression

  • Identify 'risk' behaviours and situations
  • Environmental considerations
  • Use effective interpersonal strategies to defuse the difficult/aggressive situation
  • Physical withdrawal options
  • Identifying inappropriate behaviours

Emergency Management for Area Wardens and Deputies

Effectively managing:

  • General emergencies
  • Building and campus evacuations
  • Specific emergencies (e.g. serious injury/illness, threats, etc)

This module is also available online and can be completed any time. See our Online training page.

General Incident and Emergency Management

This session assists in:

  • Defining and ensuring appropriate levels of first aid cover
  • Dealing with injuries and illnesses within the University environment
  • Planning for emergencies: drawing up local emergency instructions, selecting Area Wardens, conducting drills, etc.

This module is also available online and can be completed any time. See our Online training page.

Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC)

  • Identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risks for existing or new activities, equipment and substances, items of plant and projects
  • Reporting hazards and resolving issues
  • Managing the OHS aspects of workplace change

Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods

  • Definitions of hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • How to use and store different classes of chemicals
  • Introduction to Safety Data Sheets and how to access and interpret them
  • Determining the need for signage, markings, placards

Incident Reporting and Investigating

For supervisors/managers and Health and Safety Representatives

  • Reporting: near-miss and minor incidents, injuries and serious incidents, emergencies
  • Determining why and when investigation is warranted
  • Using appropriate investigative techniques
  • Documenting results of investigations, and identifying and implementing appropriate corrective actions.

Lock Out Tag Out

For those working on plant or equipment at University premises

  • Overview of FedUni procedure
  • Introduction to lock-out equipment and tagging system

Manual Handling

Focuses primarily on designing manual handling tasks to be safer. Correct lifting techniques are only covered briefly.

  • Identifying hazardous manual handling tasks
  • Assessing manual handling risks
  • Selecting and implementing control strategies for manual handling risks

Preventing Workplace Violence

For customer service and front line staff and their supervisors/managers

  • What is workplace violence
  • The law as it applies to workplace violence
  • Five steps to violence prevention
  • Dealing with violent incidents in the workplace

Safety Data Sheets

For staff who come into contact with chemicals in the workplace

  • What are they?
  • Where can they be obtained?
  • Where are they kept at FedUni?
  • Why are they needed?

Other courses

In-house courses facilitated by an external provider. A course fee may apply.

Low Risk Driving (1 day)

This program helps all drivers manage their safety more effectively by stimulating their intrinsic desire to stay safe by helping drivers know what to do, and how to think differently. The course is a mix of theory and practice, and participants learn how to sustain positive change after the course.

Facilitated by Corporate Driver Training Australia

Use of Portable Fire Extinguishers (3 hrs)

This nationally-accredited short course provides information and skills required to use a fire extinguisher, hose reel and fire blanket safely and effectively in the workplace

Facilitated by Chubb or Fire and Safety Australia or Elliots Fire and Safety Solutions

Mental Health First Aid (2 days)

First aid skills for helping people experiencing a mental health crisis, mental health problems or the early stages of a mental illness.

For customer service and front line staff.Refer to the course outline for more details.

Facilitated by FedUni Counselling Services staff

Health and safety representatives

External courses provided by Australian Industry Group, Mentor HR, VECCI, Victorian Trades Hall, VIOSH. A course fee applies. Staff who wish to enrol should do so directly with the chosen provider.

Initial 5-Day OHS Course for HSRs, Managers and Supervisors

For elected Health and Safety Representatives

This course ensures HSRs are informed and trained to carry out the functions of the position.

More information about the FedUni course can be viewed in the Program Finder. HSRs are also able to attend courses run by external accredited organisations.

OHS Refresher Course for HSRs (1 day)

For elected HSRs and Deputies – aimed at those who have completed the original 5 day training program.

More information about the FedUni course can be viewed in the Program Finder. HSRs are also able to attend courses run by external accredited organisations.