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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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Noise | Safe Work Australia

Noise can damage your hearing if it’s too loud. Both sudden, loud noises, like an explosion, and constant, loud noise, like working near industrial machinery, can damage your hearing.   Hearing damage includes permanent or temporary hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). 

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Why is sitting so bad for us, and what can we do about it?

Did you know that sitting for just 30 minutes at a time can be bad for your health? And if you’re sedentary for more than seven hours a day, then you could be in real trouble.

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Stretch at your desk | SafeWork NSW

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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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Workplace bullying | SafeWork NSW

Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

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Working from home | Safe Work Australia

Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) may choose to offer their workers the option of working from home, either for all or part of their working hours. WHS laws still apply if workers work from home. PCBUs must eliminate or minimise health and safety risks to their workers as much as they reasonably can. 

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First aid | Safe Work Australia

First aid can mean the difference between life and death. As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you have specific obligations relating to the provision of first aid at your workplace.  Information on this page will assist PCBUs understand their obligations to ensure first aid is available as required.   

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Comparing workers’ compensation in Australia | Safe Work Australia

Comparing Australian and New Zealand workers’ compensation   We release a biennial report comparing Australia and New Zealand’s workers’ compensation arrangements: 

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Asbestos | SafeWork NSW

Information on asbestos safety at work and home, how to dispose of it safely and key facts on asbestos

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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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