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Our work

As a national policy body, Safe Work Australia shapes healthier, safer and productive workplaces by developing and improving work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia.

We are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and work collaboratively with work health and safety regulators, industry groups and unions.

Safe Work Australia’s vision is to make Australia a world leader in work health and safety and workers’ compensation, and help create healthy, safe and productive working lives for all Australians.

You can find out more about us on our About us page.

Who we are

We are a small agency with about 100 employees, mostly located in Canberra. We are committed to professionalism, excellence and collaboration and, we encourage out of the box thinking and the drive and skill to see those ideas implemented.

We are an engaged workplace that prides ourselves on our commitment to safety, diversity and inclusion. We have an active Workplace Inclusion Network and social club and we participate in a range of corporate and charitable activities.

Agency vision and values

Our Agency vision is to be a centre of excellence in work health and safety and workers’ compensation data, research, policy and strategy by creating a great workplace that enables everyone to be and do their best.

Our Agency vision provides direction, inspiration and purpose by setting a clear goal of who we want to be and how we will achieve Safe Work Australia’s vision. Our Agency vision is underpinned by our Agency values of excellence, people, communication and service.


Agency values (excellence, people, communication, service)

Our values are part of our everyday language and are incorporated into many aspects of our day to day work.

People Strategy 2020-2021

Our People Strategy 2020-2021 sets the strategic direction of the human resources function of our agency and aims to strengthen and leverage the talents of our employees, to enable them to be and do their best. It provides the framework for how we invest in our people.

Read our People Strategy 2020-2021 

What we offer

All of our employees are engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 and our terms and conditions are set out in the Safe Work Australia Enterprise Agreement 2019-2022. We offer attractive working conditions including generous salaries, employer superannuation contributions, leave entitlements and flexible work arrangements. Read more about what we offer.

We are located in the Nishi Building, New Acton, Canberra, which is a modern, with quick access to the city, Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian National University. The building is easily highly accessible with:

  • automatic entry and doors
  • well-appointed kitchens and facilities
  • open break out spaces
  • sit-to-stand workstations
  • toilets and showers
  • disabled parking

Our commitment to diversity

Workplace Inclusion NetworkThe Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) is an employee-led forum that cultivates a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace by championing diversity and inclusion, so that every employee can bring their true and whole selves to work.

The WIN members and the WIN champions work together with our SES sponsor to progress our diversity and inclusion strategy, action plans, initiatives and events.

Through dedication and hard work in 2018 the WIN won the Network Award in the Australian Public Service Commission's Diversity and Gender Equality Awards.

The Agency also participates in a range of networks and memberships including the Australian Network on Disability, Pride in Diversity,  the Diversity Council of Australia and the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Australian Network on Disability, Pride in Diversity, Diversity Council of Australia, Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Our Diversity and inclusion strategy 2020-2023 defines our direction and priorities for workforce diversity and inclusion and is designed to build a workplace culture of respect and inclusiveness.

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