What is OHS?

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace. When they go to work each day, they should fully expect to return home uninjured and in the same state of health as they left.

Occupational health and safety involves complete physical, mental and social well-being within a workplace.

The union movement

Ensuring safe and healthy workplaces has always been one of the fundamental roles of unions. Unions believe that when people come together, great results can be achieved.

Training HSRs

ACTU Comcare Approved Training

The ACTU is approved to deliver the Commonwealth 5 Day Introductory HSR course, as well as the 1 day HSR Refresher course.  For information on ACTU Comcare approved HSR courses you can access training dates and enrol via the Comcare Approved Training Providers webpages.  Links and contact details to all ACTU Commonwealth Course Approved Providers are listed on these pages under the ACTU/TLC entry.  Please visit HSR courses or WHS Entry Permit Holder course. Please note under section 72 (1) (c) of the Commonwealth WHS Act 2011, HSRs can choose their approved course provider in consultation with their PCBU.

The ACTU Network

Australian Unions

Whether you want to join a union, take action in campaigns, or make the most of the benefits of being a union member, Australian Unions is the place to go for information and resources.
Visit Australian Unions

Mind Your Head

We’re taking action to protect workplace mental health.
Visit Mind Your Head


Your rights at work for students and for people entering the workforce for the first time.
Visit Worksite


Information and resources for health and safety representatives and workers about how to speak up at work for health and safety.
Visit OHS

Union Aid Abroad

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
Visit Union Aid Abroad

ACTU National Union Directory

Find who you are looking for from the who’s who of the union movement.
Visit the ACTU National Union Dictionary
Australian Council of Trade Unions

Representing Australian workers and their families.