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Health and safety representatives

The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 recognises the important role health and safety representatives (HSRs) play in representing the health and safety interests of employees.

HSRs have been an important feature of occupational health and safety (OHS) in Victoria since 1985 and it is widely acknowledged that HSRs can make a real difference in having OHS issues addressed and can help achieve better health and safety outcomes.

Elected HSRs represent employees who are members of their Designated Work Group (DWG) and provide a way for their views and concerns about health and safety to be heard by their employer.

The members of a DWG may decide the election process and elect a HSR to represent their views and concerns about health and safety.

More about HSRs

Latest information for HSRs

Health and safety during hot weather

There are a few precautions that HSRs can discuss with their managers in heat impacted workplaces.  To find out more, read:

Working in heat
UV Self assessment


Employee Representation handbook (PDF 810kb)

This handbook contains all you should know about employee representation. It is a reference for all those who are involved in OHS representation, particularly HSRs and employers, and all Victorian workers who seek to establish designated work groups and representation arrangements in their workplace.


HSR training entitlements (PDF 65kb)

Download this fact sheet designed to help HSRs understand their OHS training entitlements.


Register as a HSR

Register your details with WorkSafe and we'll keep you up to date with latest health and safety news, training, activities and events for HSRs. Registration is open to all HSRs, managers, supervisors, and people with an interest in workplace health and safety.

Register now