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HSR training

It’s important that Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) understand their role and how, where and when to use their legal powers.

To help develop the skills needed to effectively represent workers in their work group, HSRs are entitled to attend approved HSR training and should do so as soon as possible after being elected.

Training entitlements

HSRs and deputy HSRs are entitled to attend approved training during each year of their term of office, with course costs and time off work paid for. In consultation with their person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) an HSR can choose the course and the training provider. Check our 2019-2020 training calendar for details of forthcoming courses.

Training entitlements during a 3-year term of office are:

  • First year – 5 days
  • Second year – 3 days
  • Third year – 2 days.

The initial 5 days of training must be completed in the first year of office, and then HSRs can select from 3-day and 1-day course options in subsequent years or terms of office. HSRs re-elected for another 3-year term have the same training entitlements.

PCBUs must, within 3 months of an HSR’s request, allow them to attend a course in work health and safety up to the prescribed training entitlement. This training time must be paid at the worker’s usual pay rate. Course fees and any other reasonable costs must also be paid.

HSRs can also participate in other workshops seminars and/or relevant conferences held either on consecutive days or throughout the year, by negotiation with their PCBU. Attendance at these sessions can occur outside of the HSR training entitlement days, with PCBU agreement.


SafeWork SA has approved a range of training courses for HSRs to choose from. See our 2019-20 2020 HSR Training Calendar.doc20 training calendar for details of forthcoming courses in your area. The course learning objectives and outcomes are stipulated for training providers we have approved to deliver the following course content:

5-day course (first year initial training) covering:

  • interpreting the work health and safety (WHS) legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR
  • identifying key parties, legislative obligations and duties
  • establishing representation in the workplace
  • participating in consultation and issue resolution
  • representing members in the WHS risk management process undertaken by the PCBU
  • issuing a provisional improvement notice and directing the cessation of work.

3-day course covering:

  • participating in, and contributing to, the formation of risk management processes and controls for multiple hazards, complex risks and concepts of reasonably practicable undertaken by the PCBU
  • participating in, and contributing to, the gathering of hazard and risk-related statistical data and information for identifying and controlling multiple hazards and complex risks
  • representing members in the formation of WHS action plans for multiple hazards and complex risks.

2-day course:

  • aims to add and extend to the range of skills and knowledge acquired in the 5 day and 3 day initial courses. An important feature of the course design is the flexibility of topics to enable participants to select areas directly relevant to their workplace management structure and own experience.

1-day refresher and topic-specific options:

  • WHS refresher, aimed at providing a brief overview of the learning outcomes covered during an HSR’s first year of office, with particular attention to amendments to WHS legislation and supporting resources.
  • Consultation processes
  • Contributing to workplace health and wellbeing
  • Fatigue management
  • Inappropriate behaviours
  • Inspections and incident investigation
  • Policy and procedures.

SafeWork SA does not sponsor or endorse, nor can we recommend, any particular training provider.

Remote Area Subsidy

The HSR Remote Area Subsidy applies to eligible participants whose registered place of work is more than 100km from one of the regional training centres listed below:

  • Barossa Valley
  • Berri
  • Millicent
  • Mount Gambier
  • Murray Bridge
  • Port Augusta
  • Port Lincoln
  • Port Pirie
  • Whyalla

The subsidy is intended to make a contribution towards additional travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the participant.

Other criteria for eligibility include:

  • the participant works in a high-risk occupation or high-risk industry
  • the employer has less than 100 employees (worldwide)
  • the employer is not self-insured.

The participant/employer must provide evidence (receipts) to support the application for the subsidy. Circumstances are considered on an individual basis and the subsidy is awarded at the discretion of SafeWork SA.

For example, the subsidy may be payable to a small business who cannot afford to pay for their HSR’s travel, accommodation and wages for the duration of the course.

Contact our Help Centre on 1300 365 255 for more information.

Training providers

Training providers who wish to deliver training for elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and deputy HSRs in South Australia can apply to SafeWork SA for approval.

Prospective training providers must:

  • ensure they have sufficient resources to undertake the administrative activities necessary to comply
  • apply for approval by referring to the guidelines which include an application form
  • develop HSR training courses for approval by referring to our 5-day, 3-day and 1-day course learning objectives and outcomes.

Find a provider

We have approved the following organisations to deliver HSR training.

Access Training Centre
7 La Salle Street, Dudley Park SA 5008
Phone: 8169 9800
Email: info [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Adelaide Training and Employment Centre
275 Grand Junction Road, Ottoway SA 5013
Phone: 8444 1608
Email: bookings [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

ASC Training and Development
Level 2, Harmer House, 5 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 8410 2627
Email: info [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

PO Box 10462, Adelaide BC SA 5000
Phone: 0449 921 919
Email: askohs [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Business SA
136 Greenhill Road, Unley SA 5061
Phone: 8300 0103
Email: training [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Celtic Training and Consultancy
148 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 82118272
Email: customerservice [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Civil Train
1 South Road, Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: 8111 8000
Email: courses [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Construction Industry Training Centre
491-499 South Road Regency Park SA
Phone: 8301 4500
Email: info [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Gramac Solutions
1a Hedley Street, Mount Gambier SA 5290
Phone: 8724 8577
Email: info [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

JLT Consulting Services
Level 1, 148 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 8235 6109
Email: cassie.broad [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

JobSafe SA
22-24 Main Street, Mawson Lakes SA 5095
Phone: 8360 1920
Email: training [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Learning Sphere Training Solutions
3 Edna Street, Warrimoo NSW 2774
Phone: 1300 296 298
Email: info [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

National Safety Council of Australia

6-7 Hartnett Close, Mulgrave Vic 3170
Phone: 1800 655 510
Email: training [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Paragon Work Health Safety Pty Ltd
PO Box 24, O'Sullivan Beach, SA 5166
Phone: 0407 788 030
Email: cate [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

SA Unions
170 Greenhill Road, Parkside SA 5063
Phone: 8279 2248
Email: saunions [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)

Sustainable Risk Solutions Pty Ltd
PO Box 10369, Adelaide BC SA 5000
Phone: 8391 6246
Email: info [at]

Dumas Street, Mount Barker SA 5251
Phone: 1800 882 661
Email: shortcourses [at] (subject: Training%20enquiry)