Health, Safety and Emergency

A healthy and safe workplace

Under the Work Health and Safety legislations the University has a primary duty of care to ensure the work health and safety of all people who work, study, and visit its campuses or are potentially affected by its operations.

The University recognises that success in achieving a healthy and safe workplace depends on the commitment and cooperation of workers, students and authorised visitors throughout its areas and activities. All members of the University community must comply with the CDU Work Health and Safety policy and related procedures, and should take reasonable care to prevent personal injury, injury to others and prevent or minimise damage to plant and equipment. Moreover, it is the responsibility of all members to bring to management’s attention instances of real or potential hazards or unsafe practices.

Forms, policies, procedures and guides relating to health, safety and emergency are available to download below.

The role of Health, Safety and Emergency

The Safety Emergency & Wellbeing (SEW) team provides support and advice on the University's overall safety, emergency and wellbeing program and pursues a proactive risk management approach to work health and safety issues, in line with the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant Work Health and Safety Legislation, Regulations and Standards.

SEW provides common work health and safety induction courses as well as training on specific health, safety and emergency topics; conducts inspections, audits and discussions on safety, emergency and wellbeing across the University; advises on safe work methods or workplace design in order to accommodate members of the University community with special needs; and provides professional support to the safety, emergency and wellbeing management groups within the University.

The Safety Emergency & Wellbeing (SEW) team is available for consultation on work health and safety matters for the University's community.


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Further Information

Work Health and Safety Committees

and Health and Safety Representatives

Work Helath and Safety Committees (WHSC's) are established at the University. This is in line with the requirements for consultation, representation and participation under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011. WHSC's are to conduct four (4) safety meetings per calendar year.  Each work area is to have staff attend the meetings to enable consultation, representation and participation related to all safety issues or concerns.

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) at CDU form an integral part in the process of consultation with and representation of employees on health and safety matters. HSRs are elected by the employees of the respective Work Group (WG) for a term of three years.  An NT WorkSafe approved five day HSR course (through external RTO) is available to elected HSRs. If you are an elected HSR and wish to undertake HSR training, contact HSE on 6494 or email

Representing the employees of their Work Group on health and safety matters, the role of a HSR includes:

  • making enquiries into WHS issues
  • raising WHS issues on behalf of employees with management
  • assisting in the consultation process on WHS matters
  • assisting employees and management with the resolution of OHS issues

Please note that a HSR is not responsible for WHS at the workplace. The primary responsibility for providing and maintaining WHS at the workplace rests with the University through its supervisors, managers, Heads of School and College Deans. If you would like to discuss an WHS issue affecting your workplace, contact Safety Emergency & Wellbeing on ext. 6494 or email

Further information about HSRs can be found at NT WorkSafe

Safety Inductions and Training

Purpose and Scope of WHS Induction and Training

The purpose of the WHS Training and Induction Procedure is to ensure a structured system for the implementation of WHS Induction and Training at CDU.  The procedure describes the methodology for ensuring consistency in the management of WHS Induction and Training requirements. The procedure applies to all staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors to CDU.

Specific training must be delivered at key times in an operational cycle such as induction, following risk assessment, on transfer of employees to new jobs and change to work processes, plant, technology, materials or substances.


Inductions must be completed as required and as soon as practicable to when a new worker commences work. A WHS induction is always required for new workers, students working independently, those relocated to new positions or roles and all others intending to perform work on site including visitors and contractors. Once a person has completed a Local Area Induction and a person is under competent supervision while visiting an area of low risk an additional induction may not be required, however, in areas of the site where there is inherent risk (e.g. laboratories, workshops, plant rooms) an appropriate induction is required (e.g. Workshop, Studio or Lab Induction).

Visitors Inductions

A Visitors Induction Form is available for short duration visits where less detail may be required than that on the staff Local Induction Form. For visitors performing work or work experience students it is recommended the full Local Induction Form and any other Workshop, Studio or Lab inductions as required are covered.

Induction Checklists

WHS Training

The WHS skills, knowledge and competencies required for any position depends on:

1.       The level of responsibility of the position (e.g. staff member, supervisor, manager, senior manager etc.).

2.       The environment in which the person will be working (e.g. laboratory, office, workshop etc.) -these are referred to as Hazard Specific Competencies.

3.       The specific tasks and activities being undertaken – these are referred to as Task Specific Competencies. The WHS Induction and Training Matrix details the appropriate training required to obtain both the Generic and the Hazard Specific competencies at CDU.

It is a requirement of the local area to identify the Task Specific Competencies required to perform the work safely. This will involve identifying the equipment the person will be using, the protocols or processes they will be following, the experiments that will be undertaken etc. For each of these items of equipment, processes or experiments etc. Safe Work Procedure (SWP) (or similar) should be developed.

The supervisor should use the WHS Training and Induction Matrix and refer to the up to date information on the SEW website to identify the WHS training required to fill the gap between current knowledge and skills of the worker and the appropriate training required to satisfy both the generic and applicable hazard specific competencies including refresher periods. Other requirements for the position should also be identified for example legislative requirements including if a licence is required (e.g. radiation user’s license, forklift license etc).

Please click link to : CDU WHS Induction and Training MATRIX

Mandatory Learnline training:

Training Course


Delivery Mode


Ergonomics in the Workplace

2 hours

Learnline, self-study

Mandatory for new employee, self-paced

2019 CDU Emergency Procedures

2 hours

Learnline, self-study

Mandatory for new employee, self-paced

Unique Student identifier (USI)

All training delivered by an external RTO requires a Unique Student udentifier (USI).A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of numbers and letters, unique to each student.  This USI allows them to link their previous and future VET qualifications into a single authenticated transcript, through the National Vocational Education and Training Data Collection, and prevents them from losing their record. This lets them see all of their training results, from all their previous providers.  A USI Number will stay with the student for life, and must be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course they undertake.

To create a USI please go to the Austrailian Government website: A Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Note: Internal/external training courses are delivered on demand, please contact Safety Emergency & Wellbeing team on 08 8946 6494 or email to register your interest. Internal training sessions will be organised once there are a minimum of five participants.

Accidents, Incidents and Injuries

Accident, Incident and Injury Report - AIIR

An accident/incident is an unplanned incident or uncontrolled hazard resulting in, or having the potential for injury, ill-health, damage or other loss. 

The importance of reporting all incidents is required to enable CDU to review/investigate and incident to determine the cause(s) and contributing factors so that corrective/preventative actions can be developed and implemented to manage the risk and reduce the likelihood of recurrence. This includes a near miss as defined by "Any unplanned incidents that occurred at the workplace which, although not resulting in any injury, disease, plant and equipment or environmental damage but had the potential to do so. (AS/NZS 1885)."

All accidents, incidents, injuries or near misse are to be reported to SEW within 24 hours; immediately if serious. The initial notification is to be made by email (preferred) or telephone. The completed Accident, Incident and Injury Report form should then be forwarded to SEW by the involved or injured person as soon as possible. If there is a witness to the accident, incident or injury a Witness to Accident/Injury Report form needs to be completed and submitted.

Note: Behavioural incidents such as threatening behaviour, violence, bullying and harassment is to be reported using the Behavioural Incident Report Form.

For any advice or assistance email

Journey Management

Journey Management at CDU is defined as travelling away from campus to perform CDU business. It may be in a car, plane, bus, truck or boat. It may be with a private or commercial carrier. Regardless of the mode of travel or the distance of travel, it introduces a hazard and associated risk. The completion of a risk assessment will identify hazards that could arise during the journey and the controls for the hazards will assist in mitigating the risk. If you have any queries contact Safety Emergency & Wellbeing (SEW) to assist.

Journey Management Flowcharts

CDU Goes Bush

CDU Goes Bush is an initiative to provide information on travel to remote communities for CDU staff and students. Safety Emergency & Wellbeing has identified hazards and associated risks that exist regardless of the location or the community.

SEW is currently developing tools and is using existing external websites to address the risk to CDU staff and students while staying and working in a community to enable them to plan their travel and work as safely as practicable.

Community Engagement Police Officers (CEPO)

CEPO Fact Sheet (pdf 498KB) and Deployment, Contacts and Map (pdf 1MB)

  • Effectively engage in a culturally sensitive manner with their local community members and Service Providers
  • Support Community Safety Committees and Community Safety Action Plans
  • Engage with Community Night Patrols and Community NT Emergency Services Volunteer Units


  • For local community knowledge, contact the respective council/local authority, or local police station first
  • CEPO general enquiries (08) 8901 0305

NT Government websites BushReady and BushTel

  • Services available (who to contact) i.e. Local Councils, Accommodation, Police Station, Health Clinics, mobile phone/internet coverage, airstrip maintenance etc.
  • Names of communities i.e. correct spelling or pronunciation, official name such as Wadeye also goes under an alias as Port Keats
  • Languages that may be spoken on a community
  • Transport availability i.e. AirNorth
  • Maps of the community and SLAP maps

NT Road Report

Bureau of Meteorology

Flowcharts for Journey Management