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Training and Development Policy examplePurpose of a Training and Development Policy Document

A Training and Development Policy helps to ensure that employees are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their jobs safely. The policy outlines the organization’s commitment to complying with local, regional, and national safety regulations. It ensures that employees receive the required training to meet legal standards and maintain a safe working environment.

How to Use

This Training and Development Policy document  should be printed, signed by your director and displayed somewhere prominent in the workplace. It should also be communicated to new workers as part of their induction or onboarding process. This document is a template only and it must be customised for your business. Other aspects that may need to be considered include, but are not limited to, ensuring that:

  • Relevant legal requirements have been met,
  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

When to Use

As stated above, this document should be displayed in your organisation at all times. You should also use it during employee inductions or you may wish to refresh your workers on the contents of the policy periodically as part of a safety meeting or similar forum.

Who Should Use

This document should be signed by the company director or other senior manager. It can be used by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other Manager to communicate the requirements to workers (including new workers).

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to have or display a Training and Development Policy. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)f WHS Act – Duty to Provide Information, Training, Instruction and Supervision
  • s(39) WHS Regulations – Provision of Information, Training and Instruction


What is training and competence?

Training is a systematic way to improve an individual’s understanding, typically through designated programs or practical demonstrations while working.

Competence is generally defined as “Competent person means a person who has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to carry out the task.”

Is competent and qualified the same thing?

In short, no. A competent person may be qualified and conversely, a qualified person may be incompetent. However, the two usually go hand in hand. If you are qualified, you are more likely to be competent.

What is a Training and Competency Plan?

A Training and Competency Plan is a planned approach that outlines how skills and knowledge will develop in a business or school setting.

Article Sources and Further Reading

  1. Training (Safe Work Australia) <>
  2. WHS Training (Spire Safety) <>
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