Guide to right of entry by authorised representatives

About the right of authorised representatives of registered employee organisations (ARREOs) to enter workplaces following suspected contraventions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
Last updated

Dec 2020

Reading level

medium

File type and size

PDF, 78.27 kB

Document length

1 page

What it contains

This factsheet covers:

  • the role of an ARREO
  • how an ARREO can enter a workplace
  • what an ARREO can and cannot do upon entering a workplace
  • the role of an employer and their employees during an ARREO visit
  • the possible outcomes of an ARREO enquiry

This factsheet is available to download and can be presented upon lawful entry to a workplace. It should not be considered a legal document, or a substitute for the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

The role of an authorised representatives of registered employee organisations (ARREOs)

ARREOs have a positive role to support employees in identifying and resolving health and safety issues. ARREOs can assist in creating a proactive and cooperative occupational health and safety culture within workplaces.

What is a suspected contravention?

A suspected contravention refers to a suspicion of a breach of the OHS Act which is reasonably held (i.e. a reasonable person would also suspect a breach)

Please note: there are different rules for suspected contraventions under various enterprise agreements. Only ARREOs of the employee organisation who are party to the enterprise agreement have a right of entry.