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Changes to NSW Workers Compensation Fact Sheet

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HSR Bridging Course Finishing

The gap training (transitional period) expires on 31 December 2012. After that date only the initial 5-day course is available.

Eligibility requirements for gap training under the Conditions for approved training providers delivering WorkCover NSW approved HSR training courses under the Work health and Safety Act 2011 (The Approval Conditions), condition 8 states that:

For HSR gap training course:

The WorkCover HSR gap training course has been developed specifically for OHS representatives and OHS committee members who become HSRs under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011. As the training is designed to fill the ‘gaps’ between the representative roles completion of the WorkCover four day course in OHS consultation is a pre-requisite.
The Approved Training Provider is to ensure that as a pre-requisite for the WorkCover HSR gap training course and prior to commencement of the training, all participants provide proof that they have previously completed the WorkCover four day course in OHS consultation.

Evidence that could be accepted:

Participants who are unable to provide proof of training will need to provide a letter from the person conducting the business or undertaking (PCBU) where they are a HSR stating:

WHS Harmonisation

New Legislation

In July 2008 the Commonwealth made a formal agreement between the States (except Western Australia) and its Territories to implement a harmonised work health and safety law in each jurisdiction.

In consultation with the States and Territories the Commonwealth has developed the model laws. It is expected that each State and Territory will implement their own legislation that mirrors the model laws.

NSW implemented their new WHS laws on the 1st January, 2012 – NSW WHS Act (2011) and NSW WHS Regulations (2011).

Victoria are yet to introduce Harmonisation Legislation.

In addition to the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and the WHS Regulations, development is also underway for the model of Codes of Practice.


Due to the numerous variations of laws between States and Territories a new nationally consistent model was developed for the WHS Act and other WHS legislation.

The main objective of the model Work Health and Safety Act is to:

'provide for a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces'.

Additional information can be found at the following links:

Safe Work Australia - Model legislation and supporting information

Work Cover NSW - Advice and assistance with WHS legislation and work health and safety requirements