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Initial Health and Safety Representative Course - SafeWork NSW

Initial 5 Day Course

Why do this course?
Health and Safety Representatives play an important role in how a business consults with its workforce on matters of health and safety in the workplace. HSRs help the business meet its legal duties and responsibilities under WHS law. They are "the voice of the workers" and play an important role in contributing to the success of the WHS management system and helping ensure all persons in their consultation work groups follow the rules, protocols and safety measures of the WHS management system.
A HSR who has completed the 5-day HSR Course will be deemed to have undergone the training prescribed by the WHS Act 2011 and WHS Regulation 2017 in order to be able to issue a direction to cease unsafe work under Section 85 and issuing a Provisional Improvement Notice (P.I.N) under Section 90 of the WHS Act, in the event that consultation on the matter has failed.
Training must be provided by the business if so requested by an HSR within 3 months of the request.
By enrolling in this course, participants will not only enhance their personal capabilities but will also contribute significantly to the overall safety culture of their workplace.
Course Objectives


Empowerment through Knowledge:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the legislative framework governing health and safety in the workplace, specifically tailored to the New South Wales context.

Legal Compliance Expertise:

  • Navigate the complexities of health and safety laws and regulations applicable in New South Wales, ensuring compliance and promoting a culture of responsibility.

Effective Risk Identification and Management:

  • Develop skills in identifying potential hazards, assessing risks, and implementing practical risk management strategies to create safer work environments.

Communication and Consultation Understanding:

  • Sharpen effective communication techniques and strategies to engage with all stakeholders, fostering a collaborative approach to health and safety matters within the workplace.

Incident Investigation Competence:

  • Acquire the skills needed to conduct thorough incident investigations, identify root causes, and implement preventive measures to mitigate the risk of recurrence.

HSR Advocacy and Representation:

  • Learn to champion health and safety concerns, representing the workforce with confidence and supporting positive change in work health and safety practices.

Psychosocial and Wellbeing Improvement:

  • Explore Psychosocial and Wellbeing principles and strategies to improve the wellbeing of workers, creating environments that prioritize both physical and mental health.

Emergency Preparedness and Response:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of emergency preparedness and response, ensuring the ability to manage critical situations and minimize harm to personnel and property.



Who Should Do the Course?


  • Persons whom have been elected as HSRs to represent the members of work groups established for consultation purposes within your workplace, including Deputy HSRs.

  • The course can also be accessed by other members of your organisation such as managers, and supervisors to assist them in understanding the legislative requirements relating to PCBU consultation, consultation workgroups and Health and Safety Representatives.

By enrolling in Courtenell’s NSW HSR Course, participants not only meet the regulatory requirements set by SafeWork but also position themselves as proactive leaders committed to creating safer and healthier workplaces making a lasting impact on the well-being of coworkers and the organization.

Note: Although anyone can attend the training only workers who are deemed HSRs can exercise the power and functions assigned to HSRs. 


5 days  -  9am to 4.00pm



Our delivery of the SafeWork approved NSW Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Course is thoughtfully delivered by experienced trainers to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills essential for fostering a safe and secure work environment.

Delivery Locations

Public courses are delivered in convenient locations around Sydney - Sydney CBD and Blacktown. (See dates below.)

This course is also available for face-to-face delivery at your site, or on line using Zooms or MS Teams.


What to bring on the day


Evidence of your identity (eg. Drivers License or Passport.) A completed ID Form, to be handed to the Trainer

This course was revised by SafeWork NSW at the end of 2022 

Health and Safety Representative 5 Day Course - 2024
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