Course Details

Workplace Manslaughter


This training program is designed for employers and other duty holders about the new workplace manslaughter offence in Victoria. Putting people's lives at risk is illegal and workplace manslaughter is now a jailable offence. 


A new criminal offence of workplace manslaughter has been introduced into occupational health and safety laws.

The offence applies to negligent conduct by an employer or other duty holders as outlined below, or an officer of an organisation, which breaches certain duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and causes the death of another person who was owed the duty.

The new law aims to prevent workplace death, provide a stronger deterrent for duty holders to comply with their occupational health and safety obligations, and to send a strong message that putting people's lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated.

Target Audience:

This program has been designed for senior managers and small business owners to understand those requirements and legal obligations relating to the workplace manslaughter offence.

Learning Outcomes:

  • the duty of employers to provide and maintain a working environment for employees that is safe and without risks to health
  • the duty of employers to monitor the health of employees and working conditions
  • the duty of employers to ensure persons other than employees are not endangered by the conduct of the business (including visitors, the public and other workers)
  • the duty of self-employed persons to ensure persons are not exposed to OHS risks from their undertaking
  • the duty of persons with the management or control of a workplace to ensure that the workplace and the means of entering and leaving it are safe
  • the duty of designers to ensure plant, and buildings and structures that are used as workplaces, are safely designed
  • the duty of manufacturers and suppliers to ensure plant or substances are safely manufactured and safe to use
  • the duty of a person not to recklessly engage in conduct that may place another person at a workplace in danger of serious injury

Learning Methods:

Program Benefits:


  • Who can be charged with workplace manslaughter?
  • Relevant OHS Act duties and duty holders
  • Negligent conduct
  • Causation
  • Penalties
  • Investigation and legal process

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