Health and Safety Representatives

Who is my Health and Safety Representative (HSR)?

Many work groups across the University have elected to have a health and safety representative (HSR) to represent the health and safety interests of their work group.

View the list of Health and Safety Representatives.

What if I don't have a HSR?

The election of a HSR by workers in a work group is optional. If workers consider that their work health and safety concerns are adequately addressed via other means eg. through their usual line of management, then there is no requirement to elect a HSR.

What is the role of a HSR?

HSRs may assist in reviewing, investigating and resolving more complex WHS matters for their work group, including WHS complaints from members of the work group.

The HSR will be invited to attend management meetings for their work group to discuss health and safety matters and monitor WHS management and compliance.

Note: the primary medium for consultation on health and safety matters is direct dialogue between supervisors/managers and workers acting under their instruction, as per the WHS Consultation Statement.

What is the definition of a worker?

A worker at the University includes all staff, affiliates, research students, volunteers, contractors, labour hire employees, apprentices and trainees, and students gaining work experience.

What is a work group?

A work group is a grouping of workers who share similar WHS concerns and conditions. At the University, work groups are largely aligned to the organisational structure. Each work group depending on size and level of WHS risk has an agreed number of HSRs. View the list of University work groups.

Who can be a HSR?

Any staff member is eligible to be elected as an HSR for their work group.

A departmental safety officer (DSO) cannot be elected as HSR. A DSO is appointed by a senior manager to promote and coordinate health and safety on behalf of management. Conversely, the HSR is elected by their fellow workers to act independently of management. Although their roles are different, it is expected that DSOs and HSRs from the same work group will meet regularly to discuss WHS issues in common, along with other relevant parties.

Term of office

HSRs are elected for three years. The recently elected HSRs commenced office on 1 January 2012.
HSRs are eligible for re-election at the end of their term.