Managing Contractors


Do you engage contractors at your workplace?

Do you understand your WHS obligations in relation to contractors?

Are you confident that the systems and processes you have in place for managing contractors will protect your organisation if an incident occurs in your workplace involving contractors?

With the introduction of the new WHS laws now implemented in most States and Territories across Australia, we have seen an increased focus being placed on the responsibilites of a “person conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBU – the new term that includes employers) in regards to contractors. This combined with the introduction of a broader definition of a ‘worker’  which now includes contractors, sub-contractors and employees of contractors or sub-contractors makes the previously difficult task of contractor management even more challenging.

The aim of our managing contractors training aims to provide participants with an understanding of the legal obligations a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has towards contracted personnel and the processes that are necessary to effecting manage work health and safety of contractors.  Participants will also obtain the knowledge, skills, practical guidance and tools to enable them to not only meet their WHS obligations but effectively ‘manage’ contractors in the workplace from engagement right through to ongoing management.


1 day


Delivered by former workcover inspectors and experts in contractor managment, this one day interactive and informative workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of:

  • The legislative framework
  • Due diligence obligations, including duty of care
  • General Obligations in relation to Contractors
  • Consultation, Communication & Coordination  obligations
  • The types of documentation the organisation should be seeking from contractors
  • How to apply a risk management approach to contractor activity risk
  • How to develop and implement appropriate tender criteria, including setting minimum safety standards
  • How to select and manage contractors and sub-contractors including: (Contract specifications, Tender Evaluations & Contract Management & Performance Review)
  • How to develop appropriate induction, training and supervision
  • Preferred Contractors
  • Types of contracts
  • Case Studies – Real Life Case Studies – Consequences when safety goes wrong

NOTE: All participants receive a comprehensive “Managing Contractor Risk Manual” complete with tools and templates to assist them post course.


People who manage or engage contractors or who are responsible for safety in organisations that utilise contractors including (but not limited to):

  • Small business owners,
  • Senior managers,
  • Operations managers,
  • Supervisors,
  • Procurement / purchasing officers,
  • Health and safety representatives,
  • Project managers,
  • HR practitioners,
  • Safety professionals and coordinators.

To book your in house Managing Contractors course or to secure a place in our next public course call us today on  1800 INSYNC (467 962) or email our team at