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Workplace Health and Safety Representative (HSR)

Course Overview

This course is approved by the Work Health and Safety Commission (the Commission) in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act (WA) 2020 and meets the requirements of the WHS Regulations for HSRs elected under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act).

This course covers the legislative requirements under the Work Health and Safety Act (WA) 2020, the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 for those employed within the mining sector.

This course will provide participants with information and skills that will assist HSRs to carry out their role and functions under the WHS legislation including:

  • An understanding of WHS legislation and how it will influence the health and safety outcomes in their workplace.
  • An understanding of how it applies to their role as elected HSRs and deputy HSRs
  • The knowledge and skills necessary to use their additional powers under the WHS legislation to issue Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) and direct that unsafe work cease.

Under the WHS Act (2020), Health and Safety Reps are also entitled to attend a one-day refresher course each year commencing 12 months after they attended the initial training. Please see the Health and Safety Representatives Refresher course page for more information.

You will be provided with:

  • A comprehensive participation manual accessible online
  • Resources in the public domain from the legislation
  • Wifi access to the internet

Learning Outcomes

The aims of this course are to provide HSRs with information and skills relating to:

  • Understand the context of WHS legislation and practice
  • Understand the objects and principles of the WHS Act
  • Identify various elements of the legislative framework
  • Understand the role and functions of the regulator and their interaction with HSRs
  • Understand the safe work approach to work health and safety issues
  • Summarise the duties and responsibilities of PCBUs under the legislation
  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of officers, workers and other parties
  • Identify and discuss the range of enforcement options
  • Outline of the purpose and formation of a work group (or work groups) within the workplace
  • Understand the election process for HSRs / deputy HSRs and disqualification provisions
  • Understand the function of an HSC
  • Understand and explain the entitlements, rights and protections of an elected HSR/Deputy HSR
  • Describe the nature of the consultation process with workers as required of the primary PCBU by the WHS Act
  • Identify a range of strategies that support the consultation process
  • Use negotiation skills and strategies to resolve work health and safety issues
  • Represent workers on health and safety issues in a range of circumstances.
  • Discuss the benefits of effective representation and constructive consultation between PCBU’s, other duty holders and workers
  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of various PCBUs under the legislation to
  • Manage risks to the health and safety of workers and other persons at the workplace
  • Understand how HSRs can use their functions and powers to contribute to risk
  • Management activities in the workplace
  • Understand basic management concepts
  • Identify the PCBU’s obligations in relation to incident notification
  • Identify the type of assistance or support inspectors can provide HSRs
  • Provide an overview of Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs)
  • understand the features and contents of a PIN
  • Identify the range of actions arising once a PIN is issued and identify who would take these actions
  • Provide an overview of the right to cease, or direct the cessation of, unsafe work

Designed For

The target audience for delivery of this course includes all elected HSRs under the WHS Act who have requested approved training to gain an understanding of the management of work health and safety under the WHS legislation and their role and entitlements as HSRs.


Suggested pathways for further study after completion of this qualification include:

  • BSB30719 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety, or
  • BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety


There are no specific pre-requisites for this course, however the following must be considered:

  • Participants may be a minimum age of 18 years to attend.
  • Persons eligible for the WorkSafe WA HSR Training are HSRs or deputy HSRs elected under the WHS Act.
  • Must live in and have a Western Australian residential
  • Applicants must demonstrate good language, literacy and numeracy as our courses combine plain English, videos, photos, and questioning to ensure all learners are able to have the best possible chance at comprehending the required knowledge and developing the skills that will be needed in their job role.
  • If you believe you will need assistance due to your LLN skills, please contact our head office before enrolling to discuss your training needs. A LLN assessment may be conducted at pre-enrolment to assess whether the applicant requires LLN support for this
  • All students must bring ID with them to the training course. Photo ID is the minimum requirement (e.g. Drivers Licence, Passport or similar).

USI Number Requirements:

All students doing nationally recognised training from January 1, 2018 need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). For more details and to create a USI go to the Government USI site here.

USI Number Requirements:

All students doing nationally recognised training from January 1, 2018 need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). For more details and to create a USI go to the Government USI site here.

Course Structure

The normal delivery time allocated for this course is five (5) days consisting of eight (8) hours per day.

However, given the participatory nature of the course the facilitator may need to allow additional time.

Where large groups are to be provided with the training, course activities may need to be modified or re-scheduled to suit but they must retain their original intention.

The course is presented via a combination of structured tutorials, workshops, case studies, video, practical assignments and workplace application. Individual and group work activities and assessment activities are conducted throughout the course.

It is a WorkSafe WA requirement that you attend all 5 days in person

Day One:

Interpreting the WHS legislative framework and identifying key parties and their legislative obligations and duties

  • Introduction to WHS
  • Evolution of WHS and the WHS legislative framework
  • Terminology, objectives and implications for consultation
  • Key parties with WHS legislative duties and functions
  • Role and function of WorkSafe WA and offences and penalties under the WHS Act

Day Two:

Establishing representation in the workplace under the WHS Act

  • Consultation, representation and participation arrangements under the WHS Act
  • Election and role of HSRs and deputy HSRs in the workplace
  • Obligations of a PCBU to HSRs and protections for HSRs from discrimination
  • Other consultation mechanisms including health and safety committees

Day Three:

Effective consultation: Participation in issue resolution and monitoring risk controls as an HSR

  • Strategies and skills for HSRs to support effective consultation
  • Representing workers as an HSR – negotiation and issue resolution
  • Monitoring PCBU’s management of work health and safety risks

Day Four:

Monitoring PCBU’s management of WHS: workplace inspections, recording findings and ‘notifiable incidents’

  • Workplace inspections and recording findings
  • Obligations in relation to ‘notifiable incidents’ and resources available to assist HSRs

Day Five:

Issuing a PIN and directing the cessation of work

  • Issuing a PIN
  • Direction to cease unsafe work
  • Course review and evaluation


This course is non-competency based and has no formal assessment.

Informal assessment of participant attendance and learner engagement only, has been chosen as the most appropriate option for this course.

The facilitator will act as the assessor in this process and should be aware of expected learner applications of all participants as detailed in the learning outcomes.

Assessment decision:

Facilitators will make a decision about the attendance and engagement of participants relevant to the learning outcomes / expected learner applications to determine whether an attendance certificate should be issued to the participant.

A Statement of Attendance will be issued following successful completion of this course and can be used to seek credit towards achieving an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification – Statement of Attainment issued under BSB30719 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety for five (5) Units of Competency (UoC).

You must speak with RTO or trainer and assessor for further information and you will be required to pay an additional fee and complete further assessment resources to be assessed for the Qualification.

Physical Requirements:

There are no physical requirements for this course.

Language Skills:

Participants are required to have sufficient numeracy and literacy skills to read and comprehend instructions for:

  • Referencing and understanding legislation, standards and codes of practice, and
  • Consulting with workers and employers on safety issues

To ensure that training meets learners needs; individuals who identify with language, literacy or other disabilities will be interviewed by the Trainer/Assessor to establish the most appropriate support mechanisms to be put into place. This information should be presented to the Training Provider (Core) prior to enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL

There are no provisions for RPL within the context of this approved training course


Course Fees

Fee for service Perth Metro – $850 ($250 non-refundable deposit on enrolment)

Remote site delivery – please contact us

Group bookings – please contact us for pricing.

RPL – not applicable

Gap training per UoC – not applicable

Fees include all assessments and resources required in the classroom. Students should wear appropriate clothing.

Cancellation policy

Deposits will not be refunded for students who do not turn up for classes or decide at a later date after booking that they do not want to attend. Changes to class times are allowed, but not within 48 hours of the class commencing.

See our policies on cancellation of courses and the fees incurred.

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