HSR Refresher OHS Training Course

29 July 2022

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The HSR Refresher OHS training course held over one day relates specifically to health and aged care workplaces, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing and midwifery. This WorkSafe-approved HSR refresher course is an opportunity to revisit aspects of the initial course and refresh HSRs' knowledge of:

  • the OHS legislative framework
  • legislative obligations and duties
  • representation in the workplace
  • consultation and issue resolution

This course is approved by WorkSafe Victoria.

Under Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, HSRs and Deputy HSRs, after being elected, are entitled after completing the initial course, to attend an approved one day refresher course at least once in each year that they hold office. The course must be chosen by the HSR in consultation with their employer. The HSR is entitled to time off work with pay and the costs associated with attendance at the course paid by the employer inclusive of the course fee. 

There is a maximum of 20 participants for this course.





Invoice for course fee

Upon the HSR completing the training course, the ANMF (Vic Branch) will send a letter and invoice via email to the DON/General Manager or relevant person of the facility requesting payment for training within 14 days.  

If you are unable to attend, please contact the ANMF immediately as you/your employer will still be invoiced.


HSRs are entitled to paid training leave

Elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and Deputy Health and Safety Representatives (DHSRs) are entitled to time off work with pay to attend WorkSafe Victoria approved OHS training in accordance with Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

Under Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, HSRs and DHSRs are entitled to attend a WorkSafe Victoria approved HSR Initial OHS Training Course upon election and a WorkSafe Victoria approved HSR Refresher OHS Training Course every year thereafter.

Under OHS legislation, employers must not obstruct or prevent Health and Safety Representatives from attending an approved course of their choice. The OHS Act 2004 states that employers are required to be provided with 14 day’s notice of attendance at an OHS course of training.

If assistance is required in ensuring attendance at a WorkSafe Victoria approved program, please contact the ANMF (Vic Branch) OHS Unit or WorkSafe Victoria.

This course is approved by WorkSafe Victoria.


About the elected HSR

Employees are entitled to be represented in relation to health and safety matters. An HSR is the vital link in the communication process between the employees and the employer in relation to occupational health and safety.

An HSR represents the employees in their Designated Work Group (DWG) by raising, monitoring and resolving OHS matters with their employer.

The key factor to remember is that an elected HSR represents the interests of the employees. It is not an appointed position and does not have any associated responsibility for meeting the health and safety obligations of the employer.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the training?

Melbourne Central railway station is a short walk or tram ride to 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. Tram Routes 19, 57 and 59 travels along Elizabeth Street and the trams all stop outside Queen Victoria Market.

There is also two hour paid street parking located on Elizabeth street and at the rear of the venue on O’Connell street. Additional secure paid all-day parking can be located at the Queen Victoria Market, the car park (undercover and open-air) is open seven days a week between 5am-7pm and is accessible via Franklin or Queen Streets.

Please refer to the following website for Queen Victoria market-day and non-market-day car park rates: https://qvm.com.au/parking/.


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided as part of this program.

Questions? Please contact us via ohs@anmfvic.asn.au or via 03 9275 9333.

540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia