Employee representation: A comprehensive guide to part 7 of the OHS Act 2004

The Employee Representation Guide is a comprehensive reference for health and safety representatives (HSRs), employers and others involved in OHS representation in the workplace.
Last updated

May 2022

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PDF, 731.14 kB

Document length

96 pages

What it contains

The Employee Representation Guide enables employees and employers to understand the role, powers and entitlements of HSRs. It includes an overview of other representative mechanisms, including health and safety committees and designated work groups established under the OHS Act and a range of related information and tools.

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • A note on consultation and HSRs


  1. Abbreviations and glossary of terms
  2. Designated work groups (DWGs)
  3. Establishing and negotiating DWGs in workplaces operated by a single employer
  4. Establishing and negotiating DWGs in a multiple employer situation
  5. Prohibition on coercion
  6. Election of HSRs
  7. Powers of HSRs
  8. Obligations of an employer to HSRs
  9. Health and safety committees
  10. Resolution of health and safety issues
  11. Discrimination
  12. Appendices
    • Appendix A – case studies
    • Appendix B – Issue resolution procedure flow chart
    • Appendix C - Provisional improvement notices
  13. Further information

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