Commonwealth HSR Training

Health & Safety Reps are workers who make the workplace safer for their fellow workers, we want to give you the knowledge and the tools to be the best representative you can be.

SA Unions is the premier training provider of Comcare Approved Health and Safety Representative Training. 

We'll not only train you on making your workplace safer, we'll also help you to navigate the WHS Act, to get safety outcomes when dealing with your employer and WHS committees.

Note this training is only for Commonwealth employers or licensees currently in Comcare’s jurisdiction. 

Course Dates 2023

Course Date Code
Commonwealth Initial  Mon 19 June - Fri 23 June Cm 1
Commonwealth Refresher Wednesday 16 August CR
Commonwealth Refresher Friday 15 September CR
Commonwealth Initial Mon 13 - Fri 17 November Cm 1

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the schedule, please contact the Training Manager, at



-You should let your manager know that you are intending on attending training at SA Unions, and to expect an email from the training centre to authorise payment.

NOTE: It is a HSR's choice of where to receive their HSR training

- Fill out this enrolment form, identifying course you are enrolling for.

- Must be signed off by manager/supervisor, as soon as you submit this form, they will be emailed a copy of this enrolment form,
- Please ensure that you have entered their details correctly.

- A tax invoice will be sent to the account details nominated by your manager/supervisor.

Training costs are covered by your employer.

SA Unions Training Centre Commonwealth Courses & Fees 2023:


  • $1095

Commonwealth Initial 
A five-day course where participants will look at injuries and diseases in workplaces; causes of accidents; the WHS Act 2011; the WHS Regulations 2011 and a range of other WHS issues to enable them to be the most effective HSR they can be in the workplace.

Course Length & Time - Five days, 9am - 5pm  

Target Group

Elected Health and Safety Representatives and Deputy Health and Safety Representatives.

Prerequisites Election as a Health and Safety Representative or Deputy Health and Safety Representative.  


  • $375

General Information
HSRs are entitled under the WHS Regulations and outlined in section 72 of the WHS Act 2011 to attend a course of training in work health and safety that is approved by the regulator.

A one-day refresher course is offered and available to all HSRs, 12 months after they have completed the five-day HSR Initial course.

If you are a newly elected HSR you will need to complete the 5 day Level 1 training

Commonwealth Refresher

Target Group Elected and Re-elected Health and Safety Representatives / Deputy HSRs

Course Content Refresher courses are tailored to build knowledge related to specific legislative and HSR skills development and provide an overview of the learning outcomes covered in the five-day initial training.  

Course Length & Time  One day, 9am - 5pm  

Course Description (5 day course)

HSRs are entitled under the WHS Regulations and outlined in section 72 of the WHS Act 2011 to attend a course of training in work health and safety that is approved by the regulator.

Course Content

This course is accredited by Comcare and covers:

  • WHS Legislation – Historical Overview
  • Legal Framework
  • Work, Health & Safety Act
  • The Role and Functions of Health and Safety Representatives
  • WHS Agreements
  • Health and Safety Representative Committees
  • Hazard Identification and Assessment
  • Hazard Control
  • Specific Hazard
  • Workplace Inspection
  • Comcare – Role and Function
  • Negotiation Skills – Theory and Practice

Cancellation Policy

When an enrolment is cancelled the following cancellation fees will apply.  This can be waived if another course date is booked.

More than 14 days before course commencement date = Full refund
Between 7-14 days before commencement date = 50% refund
Less than 7 days = No refund.

Training Schedule
Depending on the COVID-19 environment, we expect to be delivering face to face (F2F) training with a maximum of 12 participants per course.  A limited number of places will be offered to regional HSRs and HSRs who are unable to attend due to medical circumstances where they can attend via real time delivery (RTD).  Each course has a code which you need to include on your enrolment form.  If you have any concerns or queries regarding the schedule, please contact the Training Manager, at ATTN: Training Manager, otherwise your Enrolment Form can be sent direct to  We look forward to delivering the courses and once we have received your Enrolment Form, we will provide you with information on what SA Unions will be doing to keep you safe at our premises. 


SA Unions complies with Public health laws, National Safe Work Principles and Safe Work Australia’s industry guidance.  Safe Work Australia’s industry guidance is available at:  

We ask all participants attending our courses to please contact us prior to the commencement if you are unwell with a fever, have acute respiratory infection, or gastroenteritis.  We will transfer you to the next available course and waive the cancellation fee once we have received written confirmation from your employer.

If you develop any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 during the course, please immediately tell the Trainer, contact your employer, contact your health provider, and remove yourself from the building:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

Contact the Training Manager Dash Taylor Johnson


Contact Number: 8279 2248


SA Unions
Ground Floor, 170 Greenhill Road, Parkside SA 5063
Telephone 08 8279 2248  Fax 08 8279 2223  email: