Overview and procedures

Health and safety auditing ensures that the University's management systems continue to conform to the standards for which they have been certified. These standards ensure that the University's operations pose the minimum reasonably practicable risk to the health and safety of people and the environment.

The procedure for health and safety auditing is Health & Safety: Management system review and audit requirements.

The NATv3 workbook for both internal and external audit is the Health & Safety: Audit workbook.

  • Internal Audit Program

    Legal and Risk, Audit coordinates and manages internal health and safety audits. Auditee areas are provided with dates and the criteria to be audited arranged by the Legal and Risk, Audit team prior to the audit.


    Internal audit methodology - outlines specifications of, and responsibilities for organising, the internal audit program.

  • External Audit Program

    External health and safety audits are the mechanism by which the University achieves continued certification of our Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Our current external certifier and auditor is Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.

    External re-certification audits are conducted every 3 years. External surveillance audits are conducted annually, except when a re-certification audit is occurring instead.

    The Health & Safety Services team coordinates and manages external OHS audits. The auditors determine the areas to be audited. Heads of affected Divisions will be advised well in advance.

    External Audit Certificatio

    The University of Melbourne uses certification to safety management system standards to ensure that we have safe systems of work in place, and to support our status as a self-insurer for workers compensation. Certification involves ongoing visits and inspections from an independent external auditor to confirm that our systems meet a certain standard.

    The University is currently certified to the following Occupational Health and Safety Management System standards by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance:

    These certificates attest to the University of Melbourne's Current Certifications for Occupational Health and Safety Management System. They include a list of divisions and auxiliary operations and subsidiaries to which the certification applies.

    They are provided for internal University of Melbourne use, for divisions and departments that wish to celebrate their achievement by displaying the certificate.

  • WorkSafe Certification Approval

    The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) sets out the matters that WorkSafe must consider when determining whether an employer is fit and proper to be a self-insurer.

    The University as a self-insurer is audited by WorkSafe in accordance with the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic), section 379(1). As part of this process the OHSMS is audited by WorkSafe.