{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Economic research and forecasting Economics Housing outlook Tailored market research Economic reports and data Inspiring Australia's building professionals HOUSING The only place to get your industry news Media releases Member alerts Submissions See all
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host a HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder and manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies and tool insurance Planning and safety services Building and planning services How can HIA Safety help you? Independent site inspections Solutions for your business Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HIA SafeScan HR Docs Trusted legal support Legal advice and guidance Professional services Industrial relations
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials and products Concrete, bricks and walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Hear what our apprentices say Advice for parents and guardians Study with us Find a course Get your builder's licence Learn with HIA
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Mates rates What we do Mental health program Charitable Foundation GreenSmart
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Australian Housing Awards Awards program National Conference Industry networking Events
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping and delivery Purchasing terms & conditions Products Building codes and standards Hard copy contracts Guides and manuals Safety and signage See all
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Change location
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

Health and safety consultation in Victoria

Consultation should not be seen as just a legal requirement, but as an essential part of managing health and safety at work. Effective consultation can lead to more informed decisions that take into account a wide range of ideas about health and safety issues in the workplace and how to fix them. It can also lead to more openness, respect, trust and a stronger commitment to decisions because everyone’s involved in reaching them.

What is my obligation under OH&S law?

Under OH&S law employers must consult with employees and independent contractors on matters that will directly affect their health, safety or welfare. This includes when:

  • identifying or assessing hazards or risks and making decisions on how to control risks
  • making decisions about the adequacy of facilities (such as amenities, toilets or first aid)
  • making decisions about monitoring employees’ health and workplace conditions
  • making decisions about procedures to resolve health and safety issues, consult with employees and to provide information and training
  • proposing changes that may affect employees’ health and safety, such as changes to the workplace, plant, substances or other things used in the workplace and changes to the work performed.

Employers must consult on these matters so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes consulting with independent contractors and their employees in relation to matters over which the principal employer has or should have control.

What does consultation involve?

To comply with your obligations you must promote meaningful consultation. This includes:

  • sharing information about matters that are relevant to workers’ health and safety – e.g. site safety matters such as power lines, access problems, housekeeping
  • giving workers a reasonable opportunity to express their views about how to address the particular safety matters
  • considering these views when deciding how to address the particular safety matters.

Where workers are represented by health and safety representatives (HSRs), employers must also involve the HSRs in consultation.

After taking into account a workers’ view or opinion, you do not necessarily have to agree with it.

What is important is that you give workers the opportunity to be heard and take their views and opinions into account before making decisions about health and safety, and controlling risk so far as is reasonably practicable.

How to consult

Employees and contractors can be consulted in a variety of ways, including on site, over the phone, fax or email, or via site induction, toolbox meetings or by regular face-to-face meetings. One or a mix of the arrangements may be appropriate, depending on the type of work carried out and the site.

Recording your consultation activities

Although consultation does not have to be documented, you may need to convince an inspector that you have done this, so we recommend that you make a note or record of consultation activities. This can be as simple as a diary entry.

To find out more, contact HIA’s Building Services team.

Email us

Share with your network:

More articles on:

{{ tag.label }} {{ tag.label }} $vuetify.icons.faTimes
Find guides, how-tos, resources and more

Managing your safety topics


Can’t find what you need, check out other resources that might be closer to the mark.

Contracts Online 

The industry’s go-to digital platform. 

No matter the size of the job, a watertight building contract is critical to protect your business, and the current climate presents a great opportunity to go digital with your contracts.

Take me there