Health and Safety Representative Training

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 aims to provide HSR's with the skills, knowledge and confidence to represent their designated work group and to help make their workplace safer.

It is not compulsory for HSRs to be trained; however, WorkSafe actively encourages HSRs to take up their training entitlement.

To learn more about HSR training entitlements read:

Training courses for Health and Safety Representatives

There are three types of training available to HSRs.

HSR Initial OHS Training Course

Under section 67 of the OHS Act 2004 an employer, if requested, must allow an elected HSR to attend a WorkSafe approved HSR Initial OHS Training Course on paid time, pay the cost of the course and any other associated costs.

Section 67 also allows HSRs to choose the approved training course in consultation with their employer.

When a HSR is first elected, it's recommended that they undertake an initial training course as soon as possible.

Deputy HSRs also have an entitlement to this training.

The initial course is 5 days in duration and the Learning Objectives of the course are:

  • Interpreting the occupational health and safety legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR
  • Identifying key parties and their legislative obligations and duties
  • Establishing representation in the workplace
  • Participating in consultation and issue resolution
  • Represent designated work group members in any OHS risk management process undertaken by the appropriate duty holder/s
  • Issuing a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) and directing the cessation of work

HSR Refresher OHS Training Course

Under section 67 of the OHS Act 2004 an employer, if requested, must allow an elected HSR to attend a WorkSafe approved HSR Refresher OHS Training Course on paid time, pay the cost of the course and any other associated costs.

Section 67 also allows HSRs to choose the approved training course in consultation with their employer.

Deputy HSRs also have an entitlement to this training.

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 or hazard.

HSR refresher courses are one day in duration.

Other approved training

In addition to the initial and refresher training, under section 69 of the OHS Act, an employer must allow an HSR time off with pay to attend other WorkSafe approved training.

The HSR must give the employer at least 14 days' notice. Section 69(1) of the OHS Act does not oblige the employer to pay for the cost of the training as is required for training under section 67. However, the employer may choose to pay the costs.

Deputy HSRs do not have an entitlement to the additional training provided for under this provision, but the employer may choose to make this training available to deputy HSRs and to pay the costs.

How to do Health and Safety Representative training

You can only undertake HSR training with a WorkSafe approved training provider.

When applying to your employer for HSR training, download the:

More information is available by calling the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or email: info@worksafe.vic.gov.au

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