Health and safety reps

The AEU actively supports the work of elected health and safety representatives through the position of HSR Support Officer — Janet Marshall. Email Janet or call her on (03) 9417 2822.

Janet can help workplaces to form Designated Workgroups (DWGs) and elect HSRs (and deputy HSRs where negotiated); and help HSRs to understand their rights under the OHS Act and develop their knowledge and skills.

Janet speaks to new reps at VTHC training courses and also to AEU reps and members on our regular AEU Active courses.

We take every opportunity to promote the role of the HSR, including speaking to principal networks and departmental committees.

Please let us know what information you would like available or any way we can support you.


About health and safety reps (HSRs)
HSRs act on behalf of the workgroup that elects them. The position comes with powers and responsibilities, but should not be confused with that of health and safety manager - a management position. more...

Electing a health and safety rep
The health and safety representative (HSR) and deputy HSR are key AEU sub-branch officers who, while having a specific area of responsibility, should work with and through the sub-branch to represent its members and other staff. more...

Training for health and safety reps
Health and safety reps are entitled to attend an approved five-day training course on election, and are strongly urged to do so as soon as possible so they can exercise their powers effectively. more...

Health and Safety Reps Handbook
Health and Safety Reps Handbook
The complete AEU guide to being an elected health and safety representative (HSR), (PDF 3MB) more...

Why OHS is important
At a time when the pressures on education workers have never been greater, safe and health working environments are core business for the AEU and should be for our reps and members too. more...

Safety Matters
Safety Matters is a regular column in AEU News reporting on current issues and developments in occupational health and safety. Read the latest column here or view our archive of previous articles. more...

FAQs for health and safety reps
This Trades Hall site contains useful answers to common questions for health and safety reps. more...

Advice Sheets for HSRs
This section contains a series of advice sheets produced by the AEU to support HSRs in their work. more...


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