The direction and activities of the Accreditation Board are governed by the following purpose,vision, mission and values.
Purpose: To contribute to occupational health and safety by facilitating the education of graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the workplace as effective entry level OHS professionals. The core activity of the Board is through accreditation to recognise those programs that meet standards established by the Board.
Vision: OHS professional education is based on strong scientific and technical concepts,evidenced-informed, delivered by suitably competent persons and so recognised by the profession, government, industry and the community.
Mission: To ensure that OHS professional education is based on educational design and review processes, and delivery of learning appropriate to develop graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the workplace as an entry-level generalist OHS professional.
Values: The work of the Accreditation Board and external and internal relationships are guided by the values of:
• Respect: The accreditation process is intended to be constructive and to respect the expertise and academic autonomy of institutions providing OHS professional education. As a corollary, the institutions are expected to be open and transparent in providing all appropriate information to the accreditation process on request.
• Flexibility: The accreditation process recognises that each institution and each program is unique and this is to be valued. Thus, the criteria for accreditation are outcome-based allowing institutions the maximum flexibility in achieving the required standards.
• Alignment: The accreditation process will, as far as is possible, be aligned with the Higher Education Standards Framework, the Joint Statement of Principles for Professional Accreditation signed by Professions Australia and Universities Australia and internal university review schedules
.• Transparency: The accreditation process will be open to external scrutiny; conducted in a consultative and consensus-building collegiate fashion, transparent and fair, and balance academic priorities with those of the OHS profession.
• Evidenced-based: Accreditation policy, criteria and process will be underpinned by evidence-based educational theory and contemporary OHS knowledge and practice.