OHS Training at Victorian Trades Hall Council

The Victorian Trades Hall Council's OHS Training Unit is one of the most experienced training providers in Victoria. We have delivered OHS training to tens of thousands of Health & Safety Reps across Victoria since 1983. We deliver high quality WorkSafe Approved training that is practical and solution-focused in multiple locations around Melbourne's suburbs and regional Victoria.

Tailored courses can be developed to meet your needs - to be delivered at your site or at ours.  We have trainers from a broad and varied background that can cater to all types of training,  just give us a call or send us an email to discuss.

For more information on what rights to training HSRs have, go to this page.

It is important that we keep everyone who attends training at Trades Hall safe and well. So, please observe our COVID-19 Safe Plan below:

  • VTHC has a COVID Safe Plan;
  • All Course Participants will need to provide and show a valid COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate prior to entering Trades Hall. This is a mandatory requirement and no-one will be admitted to Trades Hall without valid certification;
  • Participants will need to log in via our QR Code each day to register your attendance;
  • If you are sick or have COVID symptoms, you must NOT attend training;
  • Participants must carry a mask, but do not have to wear it while training;
  • Participants need to practice social distancing and good hygiene at all times;
  • Any other requirements as per our COVID plan or state government directives.

We thank you for keeping your comrades safe.

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“A highly fun and educational week.” Alex, Customer Service
“A really well thought out course that had an excellent facilitator. Looking forward to the refresher” Em, Office Co-Ordinator
“Very informal, easy to understand. I took back so much information to make my position as a more informed HSR more enjoyable.” Karen, Confectioner

Courses offered:

HSR Initial OHS Training Course

5 Day course for Elected Health & Safety Reps & Deputy Reps under the Victorian OHS Act 2004, sometimes splitting the 5 days into two multi-day sessions. This course provides new or returning HSRs with an understanding of the objectives of the OHS Act 2004 and their role under the Act.

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HSR Refresher OHS Training Course

Section 67 of the OH&S Act 2004 entitles all OHS and Deputy Reps who have completed a 5 day Initial training course to attend a one day Refresher training course each year to keep their knowledge of OHS law and practice up-to-date. 

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HSR Refresher Training Course - Work-related gendered violence including sexual harassment

Section 67 of the OH&S Act 2004 entitles all OHS and Deputy Reps who have completed a 5 day Initial training course to attend a one day Refresher training course each year and choose the course they wish to attend in consultation with their employer. 

Work related gendered violence including sexual harassment is a serious occupational health and safety issue that can be addressed under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. This WorkSafe approved HSR Refresher OHS training course will help HSRs to understand and exercise their powers effectively. The training will provide HSRs with the confidence, skills and knowledge to represent their co-workers when raising health and safety concerns in relation to work-related gendered violence.

This WorkSafe approved HSR Refresher OHS training course aims to provide HSRs with the skills and knowledge needed to raise and resolve, on behalf of their designated work group members, health and safety issues arising from incidents of work-related gendered violence. 

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Education Sector Specific OHS Training

We offer tailored HSR initial & refresher courses for workers in the education sector, from early childhood education through to tertiary. HSRs working in early childhood education, primary, secondary, TAFE and universities are also eligible to take a general OHS course.

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2-Day OHS Training

Are you a manager or supervisor? Do you sit on an OHS Committee? We have a two-day course that familiarizes you with the OHS Act and your duties under it. The 2-Day course is an overview designed for managers, supervisors and committee members – it is not a replacement for the 5-Day initial training.

Managers, Supervisors and Committee Members are key players in workplace health and safety.

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, employers are required to “provide and maintain so far as is reasonably practicable for employees a working environment that is safe and without risks to health”.

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Comcare OHS Training

HSRs and deputies have the right under section 72 Commonwealth Work Health Safety Act, 2011 to undertake a course of training of their choice approved by Comcare Australia. The VTHC is authorized to deliver both the initial and the refresher course under the auspices of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The Comcare courses are for elected HSRs and deputies. 

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Registration and enrolment 

For dates and registration for any of our courses heading to the OHS Training Unit page at weareunion.org.au. 
Questions regarding OHS courses? Please contact Natalie Wood at [email protected]