HSR Training

Health & Safety Rep Initial Training – 5 Days, SafeWork NSW approved

Looking to undergo the initial HSR Training course? You’ve come to the right place! Here at Leading Safety Training, we deliver exceptional Health and Safety Representative Training approved by SafeWork NSW.

A health and safety representative’s (HSR) role is to identify all health and safety concerns within an organisation, liaise with staff on-site, and convey all safety issues to management. Peers and fellow staff select work Health and Safety Representatives to represent the group as a whole; however, an HSR will need to undergo the initial five-day training to ensure they are complying and equipped with all relevant safety knowledge and skill.

Leading Safety Training provide exceptional WHS training, to ensure each organisation is offered a safe, reliable representative.

As safety representatives HSRs, you can make invaluable contributions to offer a safer environment for you, your fellow workers, management and anyone else operating and interacting with your organisation. As a direct result of your position and duties, your business will become more successful due to a reduction in incident rates and other operation disruptions. Work health and safety has never been more important – get qualified with LST HSR Training.

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Courses delivered by Coastal OHS Services RTO No 91577

Initial Training

5 Day NSW SafeWork Approved Course

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Ensuring Safe Workplaces Across NSW

At Leading Safety Training, we empower representatives to foster safe and healthy working environments in their respective organisations. Through the delivery of exceptional initial HSR training courses, we equip representatives with the valuable knowledge, skill, and awareness necessary to ensure an incident and disruption-free workplace in line with safety legislation.

The HSR course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil their role as a WHS representative in New South Wales. Through Leading Safety Training, students participate in the initial training course through Coastal OHS, a SafeWork NSW approved provider of this course. Compliant under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, our expert teachers deliver an approved training initial five day course for all of those who wish to complete and become an elected HSR across the state with the HSR initial OHS training course.

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What’s Involved in 5 Day HSR Training?

Day 1

Interpreting the WHS legislative framework

This includes discussing the key parties within each organisation, their legislative obligations and health and safety duties.


Day 2

Establishing representation in the workplace

It’s important to note the required representation in each workplace:  Health & Safety Reps (HSRs), Health and Safety Committees (HSCs) and other arrangements.


Day 3

Participating in effective consultation

We outline managing negotiation, issue resolution and contributing to the minimisation of risks in the workplace.

Day 4

Monitoring PCBU’s management of work health and safety risks

Risk management and control include workplace inspections, notifiable incidents and incident investigation.


Day 5

Issuing of Provisional Improvement Notices

The 5 day training will break down PINs and directing the cessation of unsafe work.

Course Outcomes

  Course Duration

The training course runs over 5 Days. The course duration is 6.5 hours each day. This applies to both face-to-face & Zoom training.



Course assessment of Health and Safety Representation Training is informal.

  Course Awards

An HSR course certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants who complete the 5-day course. The course is NSW SafeWork Approved.

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5 Day HSR Training via Zoom or Onsite

Leading Safety Training deliver exceptional Health and Safety Representative HSR Training either live via Zoom or on-site in NSW through our sister company, Coastal OHS. Given the digital landscape we are now living and working in, we’ve adapted the representative training to meet the unique demands of online courses: we now offer the course using the Zoom platform. All you need is a webcam and a secure connection, and you’re good to go.

Our five day course has been designed to provide the most value and allow for the students to soak in as much knowledge as possible. The SafeWork approved Training meets requirements of the Work Health and Safety Regulation (2017), covers OHS risk management process coursework, and is completed over approximately 6.5 hours of each day.

The Importance of Health & Safety Representative Training

Representative training is a crucial step in ensuring that your workplace is compliant with the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011. During the course, students will participate in a full 5 day training period. The course includes intensive Training in which representatives will become competent over a range of subjects and components pertaining to workplace health and safety.

Health and Safety Representatives in New South Wales are able to attend our SafeWork NSW approved 5 day H&S representative training course within the three month period of making a request for the Training to their person conducting business or undertaking (PCBU). Leading Safety Training facilitate fantastic courses to provide representatives with the development of knowledge and skills necessary to successfully carry out the role under WHS legislation, while also managing all potential risks and risk controls within their organisation.

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Become A Representative with Leading Safety Training

As an HSR, you need to understand your functions, safety laws and how to communicate effectively to really make a positive difference in the workplace. It isn’t rocket science – our 5 day training is relatively easy, understandable and direct. We’re here to make sure that you are fully aware of your responsibilities and equip you with the right skills – that is our primary goal.

Health and Safety Representatives are entitled to attend an approved SafeWork NSW training course and a one day refresher course each year during their term of office. Here at Leading Safety Training, we deliver exceptional courses for both the initial 5 day training and the HSR refresher course training.

At Leading Safety Training, our 5 day HSR course is delivered by a team of facilitators who have extensive experience, qualifications and background in a variety of relevant industries. Whether you’re completing the five day courses of the one day refresher training, you may be placed with designated work group members and other health and safety professionals with sufficient resources to fully understand the course content, OHS act, and safety legislations in NSW.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Health and Safety Representative?

Health and Safety Representatives are commonly referred to as HSRs, and are workers who have been elected to represent the health and safety interests of their work group. A large component of health and safety representation is communication – the Training for HSRs is largely based on communicating with the managers, business owners, workers and others around the health and safety concerns within a workplace.


Work health and safety is critical to any workplace in Australia. The safety representatives HSR training provides a wide range of learning outcomes and learning objectives in line with OHS framework for safety issues faced in the workplace.

As one of the leading NSW health and safety training providers, our HSR courses can be completed online in line with the national safety council and safety legislative framework.

Your role as the elected HSR requires you to receive training from an approved training provider in NSW to ensure optimal occupational health and safety.


How Do You Become a Health and Safety Representative?

You become a health and safety representative within your workplace by being elected by a working group of individuals.

As the representative, you will act for and represent people in a working group, the working group will elect a representative to take on the role of HSR. Workers only elect a HSR within the workplace after an agreement on the workgroups has been reached. All workers are entitled to elect one or more HSRs and deputy HSRs for a three-year term.


Is Representative Training Mandatory in NSW?

In NSW it is not mandatory to have Health and Safety Representatives in your workplace. In other Australian states, legislation varies. For example, in Queensland, it is mandatory to elect and have a HSR rep.

In NSW, if a worker requests an HSR, then work groups must be first assembled to allow for successful election of representation. From there, the PCBU consults with the HSR going forward. It is not compulsory to have an individual within your workplace undergo  training; however, it is strongly recommended for the sole reason of effective health and safety management.


What Is Involved in HSR Training?

During the 5 day course we will cover a number of key topic areas to ensure you are equipped to carry out your role as a HSR rep. Across the five days we will cover WHS legislative framework, the requirements for representation in the workplace, effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills, risk management and provisional improvement notices. There are the key topics covered on each of the five days however there are many more contained within these topics themselves. We will endeavour to unpack them with you throughout the week and answer any questions you might have regarding any of the content we present to you.


What Are the Duties of an Elected HSR?

  • A HSR is elected to represent the interests and concerns of the workgroup
  • Successful communication between management, workgroup and PCBU
  • Identify potential hazards, risks and dangers in the workplace
  • Conduct health and safety audits
  • Make recommendations regarding health and safety
  • Direct unsafe work to halt if they have reason to believe that someone is at risk
  • Investigate any incidents
  • Conduct regular inspections
  • Issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN), in the case of a WHS breach
  • Attend Health and Safety Committee Meetings


Can I Undertake Training Online?

We’ve readjusted our course offerings at Leading Safety Training to provide informative and accessible HSR training via Zoom. The traditionally face-to-face course can be completed on-site or completed via virtual Training on Zoom. We want to make sure all those who wish to complete our training courses can complete them, regardless of whether they require face to face or remote learning environments.


How Much Does the 5 Day HSR Course Cost?

At Leading Safety Training, our five-day training costs $747 for public courses and is facilitated through our sister company, Coastal OHS; a SafeWork approved course provider. We also offer on-site delivery of representative Training across NSW. If you’d like to learn more about our on-site training course prices, contact our team today for a full price breakdown.

We will deliver these courses on-site ANYWHERE in NSW. Contact us for a quotation.

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New South Wales

HSR training is delivered through our sister company Coastal OHS Services.

Course Fee

OnSite Delivery POA
Public Courses $747pp

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