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.

Enroll for all OHS courses using the form at the bottom of this page, or you are welcome to use this external form.

NOTE:  VTHC is now approved to deliver HSR Training Courses ONLINE. Enrollment will continue as per normal and delivery will take place using Zoom, which you can use on your desktop computer, laptop or other device. You will receive a package from us before your training which contains your reading materials and workbooks in hard copy. During this time the number of participants for the online courses is limited to 12 per course.

HSRs need to be comfortable with their learning environment and where practicable, participate in HSR training away (offsite) from the workplace environment.

HSRs should not be expected to complete their usual workplace duties before or after they have attended training.


“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

5 Day course for Elected Health & Safety Reps & Deputy Reps under the Victorian OHS Act 2004, 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, including:

  • Interpreting the OHS legislation framework and its relationship to HSRs.
  • Identifying key parties and their legislative obligations and duties.
  • Establishing representation in the workplace.
  • Participating in consultation and issue resolution.
  • Representing DWG members in any OHS risk management process undertaken by the appropriate duty holder/s.
  • Issuing a PIN and directing the cessation of work.


Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course length: All initial OHS training courses are 5 days.
Course fee: $870.00 incl. GST Regional: $895.00 incl. GST

Upcoming course dates:

Date Location
9, 10, 11 Feb 2021 & 24, 25 Feb 2021 Online
3, 4, 5 March 2021 & 17, 18 March 2021 Online
10, 11, 12 March 2021 & 24, 25 March 2021 Online
13, 14, 15 April 2021 & 28, 29 April Carlton
12, 13, 14 May 2021 & 26, 27 May 2021 Morwell
9. 10, 11 June 2021 & 23, 24 June 2021 Frankston
16, 17, 18 June 2021 & 29, 30 June 2021


HSR Refresher Training

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. 

The refresher course covers:

  • Session 1 - covers legislative update on the Victorian OHS 2004 Act, OHS Regulations 2007, WorkSafe compliance codes and guides.
  • Session 2 - covers consultation, communication, problem solving.
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - covers hazard identification and control with either manual handling, work related stress, incident investigation or hazard mapping.


Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course length: 1 day
Course fee: Metro: $330.00 incl. GST Regional: $350.00 incl. GST

Upcoming course dates:

Date Location
17 December 2020 Online
19 February 2021 Online
26 February 2021 Online
19 March 2021 Online
26 March 2021 Online
30 April 2021 Carlton
21 May 2021  Carlton
28 May 2021 Morwell
25 June 2021 Frankston


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.


Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course length: Initial Training - 5 days | Refresher Training - 1 day
Course fee: Initial Training - $870 incl. GST | Refresher Training - $330 incl. GST

Upcoming course dates:

Date Location
11 March 2021 Online
25 May 2021 Abbotsford
18 August 2021 Abbotsford
15 November 2021 Abbotsford

Please note: It is likely that more education specific courses will be scheduled as demand increases. Any future courses will be displayed on this page.

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”.

Providing and maintaining that safe and healthy work environment requires effort on three fronts:

  • Planning - To identify and control workplace hazards
  • Integration - To ensure that health and safety is built into the overall operation of the workplace, alongside production, quality control and customer service.
  • Involvement - Only the active commitment of senior management, line managers and supervisors, health & safety committee members, employees and their health and safety representatives will change workplace health and safety standards.


Course hours: 9am – 4pm
Course length: 2 Days
Course fee: $430.00

Upcoming course dates:

Date Location
12 - 13 November, 2020 Online
11 – 12 February, 2021 Online
13 – 14 May, 2021 Online


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. For more information see


Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course length: Initial Training - 5 days | Refresher Training - 1 day
Course fee: Initial Training - $870 incl. GST | Refresher Training - $330 incl. GST

Upcoming course dates: 

20, 21, 22 January 2021 and 4, 5 February 2021 - 5 Day HSR Comcare Initial Training Online
30 April, 2021 – 1 Day HSR Comcare Refresher Carlton



You can register for any of our OHS courses via the form below, or externally through this form. With any questions regarding OHS courses, please contact Lisa Mott at lmott@vthc.org.au.