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Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia is an Australian government statutory body established in 2008 to develop national policy relating to work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation.

As a national policy body, Safe Work Australia does not regulate WHS laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories retain responsibility for regulating and enforcing WHS laws in their jurisdictions.

Vision and mission

Healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements.

All workers regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged have the right to a healthy and safe working environment. Safe Work Australia (SWA) believes the effective design of work and work systems, and the systematic management of risks, will allow workers to lead productive working lives.

How Safe Work Australia can help

Safe Work Australia (SWA) is committed to developing policy aimed at reducing the incidence of work related death, injury and illness, and exposure to hazards and risks in the workplace.

SWA is an inclusive, tripartite body — working in partnership with governments, employers and employees — to drive national policy development on WHS and workers’ compensation matters. SWA works to:

  • develop and evaluate national policy and strategies
  • develop and evaluate the model WHS legislative framework
  • developing national education, communication strategies and initiatives
  • undertake research, and
  • collect, analyse and report data.

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Last reviewed: April 2021

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Found 18 results

Fatigue | SafeWork NSW

Fatigue makes you feel mentally and/or physically exhausted and reduces your ability to work safely and effectively.

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Workplace violence and aggression | Safe Work Australia

Work-related violence can be any incident where a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work.

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Workers' compensation | Safe Work Australia

Under the Safe Work Australia Act 2008, we have several functions when it comes to workers’ compensation, including developing national policy and carrying out research. As a policy development and advisory body for government, we don’t manage individual workers’ compensation claims.

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Lifting, pushing and pulling (manual handling) | Safe Work Australia

If the risks associated with hazardous manual tasks are not eliminated or minimised they can cause significant and even irreversible injuries or disorders.

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Work-related fatigue and job design | Safe Work Australia

Two leaders in workplace fatigue discuss how sleep is critical to our physical and mental health, is fundamental to our ability to think and learn, and critical to maintaining safe and healthy workplaces.

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Sitting and standing | Safe Work Australia

Prolonged sitting is associated with significant negative health outcomes, and is increasingly being recognised in the community as an important issue that needs attention.

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Slips, trips and falls | Safe Work Australia

Slips and trips result in thousands of injuries every year. The most common are musculoskeletal injuries, cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations, but more serious injuries also happen.

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Diseases | SafeWork NSW

Occupational diseases are acute, recurring or chronic health problems caused or aggravated by work conditions or practices.

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Noise | Safe Work Australia

The model WHS Regulations, define the exposure standard for long term exposure to noise as the amount of sound energy, that is equivalent to a steady noise level of 85 decibels over an 8 hour shift. Whether this is exceeded depends on the level of noise involved and how long workers are exposed to it.

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Quad bikes | Safe Work Australia

Every year, quad bikes are a major cause of death and serious injury in rural workplaces, with many incidents associated with rollovers.

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