Who we are

The Agency

The Agency of approximately 100 staff work together with Members to deliver the objectives identified in Corporate plan and Operational plan.

Safe Work Australia works to:

  • coordinate and develop national policy and strategies
  • assist with the implementation of model work health and safety legislation and reform the legislative framework
  • undertake research, and
  • collect, analyse and report data.

Further information on our functions can be found under About Safe Work Australia.

Organisational structure

SWA Organisational structure

Safe Work Australia Organisational Chart (PDF 49KB) 

As at 4 February 2016 Safe Work Australia is structured into three branches.

The Chief Executive Officer oversees:
Evidence and Explosives Branch

    • Explosives Policy
    • Data and Analysis, and
    • Research and Evaluation.

Legal and Strategic Policy Branch

    • Strategic and Compensation Policy
    • WHS Framework and Review, and
    • Legal.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer oversees:
WHS Technical Policy Branch

    • Plant and Licensing
    • Occupational Hygiene, and
    • Industry Policy.

People strategies
Corporate Services
Stakeholder Engagement
Special Adviser - Engagement


Safe Work Australia’s ABN is 81 840 374 163.

Further information

Further information about who we are can be found in the following:



Questions should be emailed to info@swa.gov.au.

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