Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union


Electing and training HSRs

Electing a HSR? Here are some useful resources

We've created a handy guide on how to elect a HSR here. 

You can use these forms when forming work groups and electing HSRs: 

Creating work group to elect HSRs has to be done according to the relevant laws. 

Make sure HSRs are elected by workers and not appointed by management.

Work health and safety laws give health and safety representatives (HSRs) the right to choose the training course they want to attend – including an approved course run by a union.

To request training:

  • Inform your employer you want to attend training
  • Inform your employer of your preferred course (one conducted by a union/union's approved provider) and invite them to suggest alternatives
  • Consider the alternatives and (if relevant) give reasons for refusing.

This process comes from a decision of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. It does not apply to HSRs in Victoria and WA.

You can use this form to request attending a course, in all states except Victoria and Western Australia.

And use this form your employer/PCBU refuses to allow you to attend the training course of your choice. 


These courses are approved by the relevant government agency:

ACT: ACT private sector employees should contact Unions ACT. For ComCare training, contact HOSTA.

NSW: Contact HOSTA on 1300 046 782.

QLD: Contact our our branch on (07) 3236 2550.

NT: Contact Future Skills on 1300 817 545 or [email protected].

SA: Contact SA Unions on (08) 8366 5800 or [email protected].

TAS: Contact Unions Tasmania on (03) 6216 7600 or [email protected].

VIC: Contact the AMWU on (03) 9230 5700 or [email protected].

WA: Enrol through Unity Training or contact (08) 9227 7809. One-day WHS courses for delegates available.


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