Work groups

A work group usually consists of workers who perform similar types of work and have similar health and safety conditions within the workplace. They represent the interests of workers and ensure that health and safety representatives (HSRs) are accessible to work group members.

Must do's

There are specific laws about work groups. Here we summarise those laws and give you some practical advice.

Creating a work group

If a worker requests that one or more HSRs be elected for the workplace, you must make arrangements to establish one or more work groups.

Within 14 days of this request, you must begin negotiating with the workers and HSRs. Some matters to consider include:

  • the number of work groups and HSRs
  • the hazards and risks
  • how workers are employed – eg full-time, casual, contractor.

Should negotiations fail, ask us for help to resolve the matter.

HSRs may represent a work group of workers who carry out work for multiple businesses.

More information

for the specific laws about work groups, see clauses 16–17 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 and sections 51–74 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.