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HSR Initial OHS Training Course

The course is designed  to enable HSRs to develop skills to represent the members of their Designated Work Group (DWG) and exercise their powers and to make their workplace safer under the OHS Act.  

The OHS Act 2004 provides the entitlement for a HSR to attend an initial course.

Learning Objectives

  • Interpreting the OHS 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
  • Representing designated work group members in any OHS risk management process undertaken by the appropriate duty holder(s)
  • Issuing Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) and directing cessation of work

Who Should Attend?

Health & Safety Representatives and Deputy Health and Safety Representatives.
Although HSRs are the primary audience, managers, supervisors, health and safety committee members and anyone else with an interest in health and safety may also benefit from attending this course.

If OHS training has not been undertaken in over 2 years, this course may be a good opportunity to update your OHS skills. (note: HSRs have only one entitlement for initial training however the absence of an entitlement does not prevent an employer who recognises the benefits of HSRs receiving training from allowing them to attend additional courses).


Under Section 67 of the Victorian OHS Act, the employer must allow a representative to attend an approved course on paid time, pay the cost of the course and must pay any other associated costs. The courses approved under this section of the Act are both the HSR initial OHS training course and the annual HSR refresher OHS training course. This section also allows HSR’s to choose the approved training course they attend after consultation with their employer.

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