The Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is a voluntary role.
The primary role of a Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) is to represent workers through the consultation process. Where a HSR has been elected they must be given the opportunity to raise and be included in consultation around work, health and safety matters that affects or is likely to affect, the members of their workgroup.
The University encourages HSRs to become members of the relevant College / Portfolio Health and Safety Committee.
For more information about the powers and functions, consultation, disqualification, term of office etc. of HSRs see the Worker Representation and Participation Guide.
Nomination and Election process
The University facilitates the election of HSRs to represent staff in their workgroup on work health and safety matters. HSRs are elected through a nomination poll and election process using a University approved online election tool. During this process the workgroup staff and management are notified, nominations are called for and an election takes place if more than one candidate nominates in the workgroup. The workgroup HSR, staff and management are notified of the results. HSRs are elected for a 3-year term.
Health & Safety Representatives and Deputy Health & Safety Representatives are entitled to undertake prescribed training. This training assists in enabling HSRs with the skills and knowledge to implement their powers and functions as defined by the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) or Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (NT).
HSRs may attend training, noting that HSR can only exercise all their powers and functions as specified under the WHS legislation if they have completed the initial prescribed training.
South Australia – initial 5 days in the first year of office. A further entitlement to 3 days in the second year and 2 days in the third year is available.
Northern Territory – initial 5 days training, with 1 day refresher training available after that.
Note: HSRs must consult with their supervisor around time to attend the training at their chosen dates.
Bookings: Please contact the WHS Unit to book the training.
The following is a list of HSRs representing each workgroup in the University.