Health and Safety Representative

Who Should Attend

Persons who have been elected into the role of a Health and Safety Representative for their organisation. The new Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation 2011 requires that where a person is elected as a Health and Safety Representative, they are entitled to attend a five-day training course prescribed under regulation, and refresher courses at twelve month intervals.

What will I learn?

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to enable them to fulfil the role of an effective Health and Safety Representative and to meet the entitlements as prescribed by legislation.


The aim of this course are to provide HSRs and deputy HSRs, elected under the new Work Health & Safety legislation, with information and skills relating to:

  • WHS legislative framework and key terminology
  • Duties of various stakeholders which can influence work health and safety
  • Enforcement measures available for breaches of WHS legislation
  • The roles of unions and WHS entry permit holders under the WHS Act
  • Requirements for consultation, representation and participation on work health and safety issues in the workplace
  • The role of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs), Health and Safety Committee (HSCs), and other authorised representatives
  • HSR’s powers including the issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs)

On completion of this course, participants will have acquired the skills and knowledge to enable them to fulfil the role of a Health and Safety Representative.


What if I’m already a Health & Safety Rep?

HSRs will be able to exercise all their powers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, including issuing Provision Improvement Notices (PINs) and the power to direct workers to cease work.

Can what I already know be taken into account? (RPL)

The five day Health and Safety Representatives course, and the one day refresher course is not able to be undertaken via the Recognition of Prior Learning process. Training must be conducted face-to-face in a classroom environment, or in extenuating circumstances (such as extreme remote communities) via video-conferencing if this is available. This is a requirement of the Regulator.

Refresher Training

HSRs are entitled to annual refresher training. Trained HSRs will need to undertake refresher training each year to continue to issue PINS and direct workers to cease work.

How will I be assessed and what will I receive?

There is no requirement for formal assessment in the Health and Safety Representatives course. Course participants who attend the full five days of training, and participate during the training delivery will receive a Statement of Attendance. Participant engagement and attendance will be assessed by the trainer.


Course Venue and Equipment

The course is usually conducted in our training rooms in Cairns.  Where courses are conducted onsite then a suitable venue, data projector and white board are to be provided by the client company.  The venue shall have sufficient space for the participants to be seated comfortably for the duration of training. Any catering costs shall be borne by the client company.  Please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements if there is any difficulty in providing these facilities and equipment.


Additional Costs and Expenses

Where the training is conducted outside the immediate Cairns area additional costs will be applicable. Any airfares, travel, accommodation, meals and materials freight incurred in the provision of this training will be on-charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre (if driving) and traveling time will be charged at our standard rates. Please contact us for a formal quotation for courses conducted outside of Cairns.


How to Enrol in a Public Course

Contact our office for the latest course schedule and enrolment form or locate these on our website. Email or post the completed enrolment form back to Total Management and Training. Course fees include extensive course notes, relevant legislation, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.


How to Book an On-Site or Dedicated Course

Contact our office to book an on-site or dedicated course for your organisation. Dates will be scheduled on receipt of course booking.



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