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The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) recommends that as soon as possible after they have been elected, HSRs and deputies attend a training course which will give them the tools to confidently represent their fellow members.
Under Section 67 of the Victorian OHS Act, the employer must allow a representative to attend an approved course on paid time, pay the cost of the course and must pay any other associated costs. (Note: costs may include travel, parking, etc. Payment of associated costs should be discussed prior to the course). The courses approved under this section of the Act are both the initial 5 day course of training, and now an annual refresher course.
HSRs (and deputies) must make the request to their employer to attend an approved course not less than 14 days before the course starts.