Occupational health and safety officers have responsibility for coordinating health and safety systems in an organisation. They provide advice on accident prevention to all levels of the organisation and put appropriate safety controls in place.

Where occupational health and safety officers are employed

Occupational health and safety officers work in manufacturing, construction, health and minerals industries. Positions are available in management consultancies and large commercial institutions such as banks, hospitals, insurance companies, government organisations and service-based organisations.


Full-time occupational health and safety officers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 821 people employed full-time as occupational health and safety officers in South Australia compared with 479 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in occupational health and safety. You can also do a degree in occupational health and safety or health science. At school consider doing English, physics, chemistry, biology and maths.

See courses related to this occupation.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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