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Training for health and safety representatives

All elected health and safety representatives (HSRs) are entitled to undertake WorkSafe Victoria approved occupational health and safety (OHS) training.

This training must be approved by WorkSafe Victoria and will help a HSR to understand and exercise their powers effectively. Training equips HSRs with the confidence, skills and knowledge to represent their Designated Work Group (DWG) and to help make their workplace safer.

WorkSafe encourages all HSRs to attend training. To learn more about HSR training entitlements read:

Training courses for HSRs

There are three types of training available to HSRs.

Initial training

When a HSR is first elected, it's recommended that they undertake an initial five day HSR training course as soon as possible. Deputy HSRs also have an entitlement to this training.

This training is an entitlement under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) (section 67). On completion of the initial HSR training course participants should be able to:

  • understand the legal framework for OHS;
  • describe the roles and powers of the key workplace  parties (not HSRs) in the OHS Act;
  • understand the representation role of HSRs and their legal powers and entitlements;
  • understand the role and representative powers of a HSR in the identification of hazards and risk controls at the workplace; and
  • use their skills to represent members of their designated work group (DWG) and participate in workplace consultation, issue resolution and negotiation.

Refresher training

Under the OHS Act (section 67) HSRs and deputy HSRs also have an entitlement to attend refresher training. HSRs and deputy HSRs can attend this training at least once in each year after completing the initial course, for each year they hold office as a HSR.

The HSR refresher training course is an opportunity to revisit aspects of the initial HSR training. Some HSR refresher training courses can cover topics from the perspective of a particular industry. HSR refresher courses are generally one day in duration.

Other approved training

Training other than initial and refresher HSR training is also available under the OHS Act (section 69). These courses of training relating to OHS and are approved or conducted by WorkSafe.

Deputy HSRs do not have an entitlement to attend this type of training.

How to do HSR training

You can only undertake HSR training with a WorkSafe approved training provider. You can choose one from this list:

To apply for HSR training download the:

If you have any questions, more information is available by calling the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or (03) 9641 1444 or email: