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Health and safety representative training

From 1 February 2019, all HSRs must undertake the relevant approved training course within three months of their election unless a training course is not reasonably available within this period. Existing HSRs, who have not already completed the training, must complete the training within the required period. If a worker chooses not to undertake the training within the time period, they will no longer be eligible to fulfill the role of HSR and will need to be replaced

HSRs and deputy HSRs can ask a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to attend approved courses.

The PCBU must give HSRs paid time off to attend a course and pay the course costs and reasonable expenses, within three months of the request.

A HSR can only issue a provisional improvement notice (PIN) if they have attended an approved training course.

Training courses approved under section 21 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, are:

  • an initial five day training course
  • a one day refresher course at least every three years. The entitlement to refresher training begins three years after the initial training.

The health and safety representatives and health and safety committees page has further information on HSRs.

Last updated
02 January 2019

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