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Introduction to Defensible Risk Management

Learn the risk management skills needed to create and manage a healthy, efficient and safe workplace or project.

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Learn the risk management skills needed to create and manage a healthy, efficient and safe workplace or project.

Creating a safe workplace and project is vital to all sectors and aspects of engineering.

This course gives early-career engineers and emerging leaders a top-down approach to risk management. You'll learn practical techniques to meet due diligence compliance, particularly in a project management or safety context.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • identify fundamental risk and due diligence concepts
  • appreciate the safety, economic, and legal elements of risk management
  • apply generative information-gathering and vulnerability analysis techniques
  • generate threat barrier diagrams to demonstrate safety due diligence.

You'll undertake a series of learning activities that apply theory to real work situations. You'll then be able to apply this learning directly to your workplace.

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Please register at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Appreciate the safety, economic and legal elements of risk management
  • Determine which risk management technique you can use to establish due diligence
  • Understand the difference between engineered and legal due diligence
  • Align the laws of man with the laws of nature for safety management
  • Apply generative information gathering techniques
  • Generate threat barrier diagrams
  • Demonstrate due diligence under the Work Health and Safety Act (2011)
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits junior engineers with up to five years of work experience. It's ideal for people who want to improve their understanding of precautionary-based risk management. It also suits those wanting practical techniques for meeting due diligence compliance, particularly in a project management or safety context.


There are no prerequisites for this course

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover


  • Introduce the concept and different types of risk
  • Provide a historical perspective to risk management
  • Explain the relationship between risk and reliability
  • Identify the costs of risk
  • Summarise the principles of various risk characterisation systems

Technical risk assessment techniques

  • Bottom-up techniques—FMEA, FMECA, HazOps, RCM, and QPA
  • Top-down techniques—SWOT assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, and HACCP
  • Reliability block diagrams
  • Cause consequence models—fault and event trees
  • Threat barrier diagrams
  • Generative techniques

Safety due diligence

  • Understand requirements to demonstrate due diligence under the federal Work Health and Safety Act (2011)
  • Provide practical methods for safety risk management using generative and top-down techniques
  • Acknowledge the paradigm shift from hazards-based risk management to precaution-based due diligence
  • Examine case studies

Project due diligence

  • Identify the importance of early-stage project due diligence to minimise cost or scheduling blowouts, scope changes and other common project management traps
  • Recognise critical project performance success factors
  • Conduct threat and vulnerability assessments
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

1. Deal with ethical issues
4. Develop safe and sustainable solutions
6. Identify, assess and manage risks
7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements
8. Communication
11. Judgement

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

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