ENVH12002 - Environmental Health Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the interpretation and application of statutes, legislative frameworks and principles that form the foundation for environmental health practice. In particular, this unit will detail various legislative tools for the management of public health issues in different settings. The prosecution process and gathering of evidence will be discussed, along with a detailed discussion on the role of the environmental health practitioner in relation to public health, environmental and planning legislation. Major topics covered include: an introduction to law and government, public health law, planning and environmental law, local laws, investigation processes and procedures.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
3. Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Some students had issues with accessing video material and discussion forums.
This may have been a technical issue at the student end. However, the site should be thoroughly checked and redeveloped if necessary prior to the 2021 offering.
Action Taken
All sites were checked to ensure that the links were not broken or restricted for access.
Source: Unit evaluation
Assessment turnaround was not fast enough to support learning.
Despite being within the two week turnaround period, quiz feedback would be more supportive of learning if it was returned prior to the subsequent quiz being due. An adjustment of due dates could achieve this.
Action Taken
Assessments were returned within two weeks of submission. All quiz feedback and grades were provided in real time after submission. Each multiple choice options had a feedback to strengthen students' learning and grasp of the subject matter.
Source: Personal reflection
Unit content
Update the unit content to reflect contemporary policies and practices relating to environmental health regulatory work in Australia.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Interpret and apply the provisions of key public health legislation related to environmental health practice
  2. Interpret and apply the provisions of key environmental and planning legislation related to environmental health practice
  3. Identify and manage public health issues using legal frameworks within relevant environmental and public health legislation
  4. Apply legal procedures relevant to the administration of environmental and public health legislation

This unit meets the following criteria for accreditation by Environmental Health Australia:

L1 Introduction to legislative frameworks for environmental health.

L2 Introduction to the law making process and factors that influence policy and legislation.

L3 Knowledge of how to interpret legislation.

L4 Knowledge of public and environmental health legislation.

L5 Introduction to development assessment processes.

L7 Introduction to grounds for internal and external reviews, appeals, etc.

L9 Knowledge of legal authority and requirements to act in accordance with the purpose of legislation and ethical standards for authorised persons/officers (e.g. duty of care, confidentiality, powers of entry).

L10 Knowledge of compliance options (legislative and non-legislative) including their strengths, limitations and legislative requirements.

L11 Introduction to interviewing, investigation and risk-based inspection techniques, prosecution processes, court procedures, etc.

L12 Introduction to enforcement guidelines/policies/protocols.

L13 Introduction to governance principles and strategies, ethics and decision making.

L14 Overview of the jurisdiction and role of agencies relevant to environmental health in all tiers of government.

L15 Introduction to key government strategies and intergovernmental agreements in the context of environmental health.

L17 Knowledge of criteria and general procedures for assessing, approving, determining conditions and licences, notices, orders and fines.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
1 - Online Quiz(zes)