HSR Conference 2023


This year's HSR Conference is finally here! It will be held on Monday 23 October from 8:30AM - 2:45PM, with doors opening at 8:00am.

The topic of the HSR Conference 2023 is identifying and controlling psychosocial hazards. We'll be talking all about how to identify and address psychological hazards in workplaces. This is a WorkSafe Victoria approved course of training under s69 of the Victoria OHS Act 2004. This means that HSR's are legally entitled to attend the conference on paid time. However, you must give your employer at least 14 days’ notice of your intention to attend in order to ensure that you receive paid leave. This means that you must notify your employer by COB Friday October 6. This event is proudly sponsored by Slater & Gordon.


The venues for 2023 are:

- Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006.

- Bendigo at Bendigo Trades Hall, 34 - 40 View Street Bendigo, 3550. 

- Morwell at the Italian Australian Sporting Club, 499 - 501 Princes Drive Morwell, 3840 

- Wodonga at the LaTrobe University Lecture Theatre AW6 6101, 133 McKoy Street West Wodonga VIC 3690.

- Portland at Portland Golf Club, 741 Madeira Packet Road, Portland 3305.


Conference Program



Doors open. Get your name ticked off and pick up your conference bag. Coffee and tea will be available.


8:30am - Session 1 

Luke Hilakari, Secretary VTHC

The Hon. Danny Pearson MP, Minister for WorkSafe

Colin Radford, CEO WorkSafe


9:20am - Associate Professor Carlo Caponecchia

An academic at the University of New South Wales with a background in psychology and working in human factors and safety, Professor Carlo Caponecchia will be speaking on his expertise and interests in psychosocial risks and safe systems of work.


10:00am - Morning tea 


10:30am - Session 2

We'll be hearing from 3 HSRs from a variety of industries. They'll share their stories of the barriers they faced identifying and overcoming psychosocial hazards to make their workplaces safer.


11:25am  Breakout Session 1 

In the first session, we'll have an opportunity to debrief the preceding sessions and recap some of the key rights and powers HSRs enjoy to better enable them to identify psychosocial hazards and represent their DWGs to establish controls. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. 


12:15pm - Lunch 


1:15pm - Breakout Session 2 

Building on first session, we will have an opportunity to reflect HSRs' own workplaces and the type of psychosocial hazards they encounter, before moving on to discussion. 


2:45pm - Certificate Collection

Certificates of Attendance will be available for collection in the foyer. 




Please note:

The plenary sessions will be livestreamed, however online participants will not receive a Certificate of Attendance.

A Certificate of Attendance will be available for all in-person attendees and will be collected at the conclusion of the conference. 


Upon registering for the conference, you will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email please check your spam folder first and then get in touch with us. 

This event is proudly sponsored by: