Health and Safety Representative Award

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The Health and Safety (H&S) Representative Award acknowledges and recognises a positive contribution of an individual elected H&S Representative, or team of representatives, who demonstrate outstanding continuous learning and commitment to the position of H&S representative, thereby making a positive difference to WHS in their workplace.  

The WHS legislation provides for the election of H&S Representatives who have statutory rights and functions to represent the workforce and liaise with the employer to actively improve WHS. H&S representatives also have limited powers under the legislation to issue Provisional Improvement Notices (PINS) requiring employer action to address a hazard or WHS matter, and to order the cessation of unsafe work. 

The role of the elected H&S Representative is a voluntary position that is performed in addition to a worker’s usual occupation at the workplace. H&S Representatives are vitally important to the level of consultation, communication, and cooperation within workplaces about WHS.   


The selection criteria for this award include the following:  

  1. The period of appointment of H&S Representative/s, level of H&S Rep training, type of workplace and the nature of the workgroup or workgroups represented.  
  2. Personal and or team attributes, behaviour and actions of the H&S Representative, or representatives, directed toward improvement of WHS in the workplace.  
  3. The benefit or improvement in WHS that the H&S Representative, or team of representatives, has contributed to achieving in the workplace.   


Entry to this award is open to all individuals, businesses and undertakings that operate in Western Australia, including the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sectors.  

Individuals and business entities being nominated for this award must provide written permission for the nomination and for its use in WHS Foundation promotional materials.   


Submissions must include a clear written summary addressing the selection criteria below. (Up to 500 words in MS Word or PDF). However, to compliment the written submission, applicants are encouraged to also submit a short video (max 3 minutes) and additional supporting material including: documents, photographs, video / audio, web links or other relevant information with their submission     


A judging panel comprising 3 to 5 judges will qualitatively assess applications against the criteria above and select a short list of award finalists. One winner from the shortlisted finalists will be determined that, in the opinion of the judging panel, best demonstrates achievement of the award category and criteria.  


Finalists will be notified in advance of the award ceremony. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Saturday 14 October 2023 at the gala event at the Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth.