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.


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

NOTE:  Due to current lockdowns, VTHC is once again delivering the training online. When possible, we will recommence face to face training, both at the Trades Hall in Carlton South and at various other locations. It is difficult to plan ahead, and so the situation will be reviewed weekly. 


Testimonials:

“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.

Details:

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 Availability
4 - 8 October Online Available
11 - 15 October Online Available
October 20,21,22 & November 4,5 Online Available
8 - 12 November Online Available
15 - 19 November Online Available
22 - 26 November (AEU Education specific) Online Available
29 November - 3 December Online Full
13 - 17 December TBC Available

NB: if a course is marked as 'Full', it will not appear on the enrolment page. You are able to ask to be put on a waiting list by emailing [email protected]


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.

Details:

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 Availability
26 October 2021 Online Available
15 November 2021 - AEU Education specific Online Full
29 November 2021 Online Available

 


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. 

The refresher course covers:

  • Consultation, communication and representation
  • Gendered violence: definitions, impacts and injury
  • Identifying risks, risk assessment, prevention and the hierarchy of control
  • Resolving issues

Details:

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 Availability
7th October 2021  Online Available
11th November 2021 Online Available
16th December 2021 TBC Available

 


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.

Details:

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
Refresher training  
15 November 2021 Online
5 day Initial   
22 – 26 November 2021  Online


Please note: It is possible 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.

Details:

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

Upcoming course dates:

Date Location
dates to be scheduled TBC

 


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

Details:

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 Availability
Dates in 2022 TBC TBC -

 


Registration

You can register for any of our OHS courses by clicking the Enrol in OHS Course button at the top of the page. Questions regarding OHS courses? Please contact Natalie Wood at [email protected]