We are thrilled to introduce the ASU HSR Network, a vibrant and active community of Health and Safety Representatives. Our network brings together like-minded HSRs from across the ASU, creating a space for knowledge sharing, open discussions, and valuable support in our collective commitment to workplace health and safety.

The ASU HSR Network WhatsApp Community
Being an HSR is both rewarding and challenging, and we understand the importance of having a strong support system. That’s why we’ve created this WhatsApp Community where HSRs can engage with each other, ask questions, and seek advice. Our aim is to foster a supportive environment that empowers HSRs to enhance their knowledge, skills, and expertise in their role as an HSR.

What is a WhatsApp Community? How is that different to a WhatsApp group?
A WhatsApp Community is a little different to a regular WhatsApp group. In a WhatsApp Community, related groups come together under one umbrella, allowing community admins to send announcements across the entire community. A WhatsApp group is a group chat where people can send messages and communicate with each other.

Currently, we have the “Local Government HSRs (VIC)” group set up, and if you wish to have additional groups such as “Women HSRs” or “Regional HSRs,” simply contact community admin to make it happen. The Community announcements feature ensures that all HSRs stay informed with beneficial and interesting information. Community announcements are sent to all community members from the community admin.

The current community admin is Divina Blanca-Jackson, dblanca-jackson@asuvictas.com.au.

Ensuring Security and Privacy of our Community
We take the security and privacy of our members very seriously. With WhatsApp Community, we have implemented robust security measures to protect your sensitive conversations and personal information:

  • Messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted, ensuring only members of the respective groups can see them.
  • Users have control over who can add them to a group or community and can easily report abuse, block accounts, or leave communities they don’t wish to be part of.
  • Phone numbers are hidden, visible only to community admins and your contacts, preventing unwanted contact and reducing the risk of phone number scraping.

Additional Security Measures
To further enhance security and privacy, we will be implementing the following:

  • Verifying names and numbers with ASU membership to ensure ASU members’ exclusive access,
  • Requiring group admin approval for all new members.
  • Resetting the link to join the community every month to prevent unauthorised access.
  • Granting only group admins the ability to change the group’s subject, icon, and description.

Staying safe online
While we prioritise your online safety, it’s essential to remain vigilant in protecting yourself in digital spaces. The Australian Cyber Security Centre offers valuable information on safeguarding your online presence, including tips like using multi-factor authentication, updating mobile apps regularly, and being cautious with shared links and attachments.

If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re excited to collaborate, learn, and advocate for safer workplaces together.

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