HSR Conference 2019 Registration Is Now Open!

Registrations are now CLOSED!

The Conference will be held on Tuesday, the 29th of October and is open to all Health and Safety Representatives, Deputy Health and Safety Representatives and Union Officials across Victoria. Sign-in starts at 7am and the proceedings will start 8:30am.

There will be five locations to choose from when you register:


Plenary 2 Foyer

Ground Floor, Melbourne  Convention and Exhibition  Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf


Bendigo Trades Hall Council

34-40 View St, Bendigo


Strategic Planning Room

Level 1

Wodonga TAFE Space - Lawrence St campus

158 Lawrence St



Classroom 5N 158

Federation Uni Gippsland Campus

Northways Road 



Classroom 3

South West TAFE - Portland campus

154 Hurd St




We just want to update you about a public protest that will be occurring at the same time as our conference. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is also hosting an international mining and resources conference at the same time as the HSR Conference. The mining companies involved pay no tax, treat their workers appallingly, and cause tremendous harm to the environment. For that reason, a blockade of the mining conference has been organised by people upset at the behaviour of mining companies.

There will be large number of protesters and also the Police will be present. Protesters are likely to be blockading entrances and refusing to let people into MCEC. VTHC has negotiated with the people doing the blockade to ensure the HSR Conference can continue with a minimum of disruption. The blockade has agreed to allow HSRs into MCEC to attend the HSR Conference when they are escorted by VTHC staff.

To ensure your safety and to minimise disruption to the HSR Conference, we ask that you take the following steps:

  • Aim to arrive at MCEC between 7 and 8am. We will be set up and ready to help you get in from 7am.
  • Avoid driving to the conference. The protestors are likely to blockade the carpark to prevent mining executives from parking there. We recommend using public transport to get to Southern Cross Station and then walking to MCEC.
  • On arriving at MCEC, please make your way to Muster Point 1 near the Polly Woodside or Muster Point 2 near DFO (refer to this map for further guidance). We will have VTHC staff who will be able to direct you to the muster points. They will be waving large signs around so you will see them easily.
  • At your muster point, you will be able to sign in and get your sticker that will help you get morning tea and lunch inside the venue.
  • We will keep you at the muster point until we have identified a safe door to use. Once we have identified a safe door, we will escort you in groups through the blockade and into MCEC.
  • Once inside MCEC, you will be able to collect your showbag from the foyer outside Plenary 2.
  • The conference will start at 8:30am.

Conference Agenda

Session 1 – Welcome 8:30am-10:30am

Welcome HSRs to the conference, to update them on the activities of WorkSafe, and to highlight how important HSRs are from WorkSafe and to feature the 2018 HSR of the year.

·Welcome to country

·Secretary of VTHC


·CEO of WorkSafe

·Daniel Gilli, 2018 HSR of the Year


MORNING TEA BREAK 20min 10:30am-11am

Session 2 – Emerging Issues: Safe and Inclusive Workplaces

Introduce HSRs to the concept of gendered violence and to teach them that gendered violence injures workers.

·Introduction Video of personal stories from survivors of gendered violence

·Expert to speak for 30min (Lisa Heap)

·Luke Hilakari and other union secretaries to speak on why it is important that we ensure all workplaces are safe, inclusive workplaces.

LUNCH 40min 12:00pm – 1pm

Session 3: HSR Choice of Session 1pm -2:30pm



Safe inclusive workplaces

·Definition of gendered violence, practical application of the definition, prevention and responding to gendered violence using the OHS Act

·30 min workshop activity

·20 min Q & A

·Session run by VTHC Women’s Team

Manual Handling

·Review and Revision of Risk Control Presentation by WorkSafe


Psychological Health

·WHS Recommendation – Panel Discussion, do we need regulations dealing with psychological health and what benefits would they bring?

·Q & A after panel.

Vulnerable Workers: Labour Hire

·Panel discussion on OHS for labour hire workers.

·Panel comprised of: a labour hire worker, an OHS Act expert (Renata Musolino); and a representative from the Labour Hire Authority.

·Q & A after panel.


·Panel discussion on OHS topics of concern to AMWU members.

·Panel comprised of speakers on: welding, industrial manslaughter, and crystalline silica dust.

·Q&A after panel

·Run by AMWU WorkSafe Approved Trainer


·Construction Industry update


·Heavy plant and machinery

·Q&A Session

·Session run by Dr Gerry Ayers


·Manual handling: Review and Revision of Risk Control Presentation by WorkSafe



·Glyphosate & Bullying Workshop

·Run by ASU WorkSafe Approved Trainer

Health Industry

·Panel discussion on reporting OHS issues in health

·Q & A after panel

Education Industry

·Panel discussion on workload intensification and OHS laws

·Q & A after panel

Regional Sessions

·Panel discussion on what OHS issues have emerged locally.

·Panel comprised of: local HSR, local union organiser, local WorkSafe Inspector.

·Q & A after panel