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Safe Work Australia was established under the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 (the SWA Act) and it operates under the Commonwealth Government governance, performance and accountability frameworks. Safe Work Australia is required by the SWA Act each year to prepare a corporate plan covering a four year period which deals only with the outcomes to be achieved by Safe Work Australia and the strategies that are to be followed to achieve those outcomes.

Safe Work Australia works to coordinate and develop national policy and strategies, assisting with the implementation of model work health and safety legislation and reform the legislative framework. Additionally Safe Work Australia undertakes research and collects, analyse and report data in the interests of the Commonwealth, states and territories as well as employers and workers in Australia.

Together we continue to work to achieve:

  • Significant and continued reductions in the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness through:
    • an improved and reformed work health and safety framework
    • increased work health and safety awareness and skills
    • developing and maintaining an evidence base which informs policy and practice
    • reduced exposure to work-related hazards causing injury and illness, and
    • improved quality of workplace controls.
  • Improved outcomes for injured workers and their employers through more effective, efficient, clearly understood and sustainable workers’ compensation arrangements.

During 2017–2021, Safe Work Australia will continue to be a model for the innovative development of multi-stakeholder policy and be central to Australia becoming a world leader in the delivery of improved safety and compensation outcomes. We will do this by:

  • acting as a forum to bring together and recognise varying views and interests to enable the effective development of national policy
  • using our influence to increase knowledge and awareness of health and safety and workers’ compensation and normalise the conversation about safe work, and
  • being a key source of work health and safety and workers’ compensation research, evaluation and data.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (the Australian Strategy), with its vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives, is designed to drive key national activities to achieve improvement in work health and safety. This corporate plan reflects the vision, goals and outcomes of the Australian Strategy.


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

Strategies to achieve the outcome

  1. Support the implementation of the Australian Strategy.
  2. Increase community awareness and knowledge of work health and safety and workers’ compensation and highlight the importance of leadership and culture to improve health and safety outcomes.
  3. Support evidence informed policy, programs and practice through national work health and safety and workers’ compensation data, research and evaluation programs.
  4. Improve and reform work health and safety laws in Australia to provide a consistent, equitable, effective and high level of protection to all workers.
  5. Promote consistent approaches and improved knowledge, skills and capabilities for managing health and safety hazards and risks.
  6. Identify opportunities to improve workers’ compensation arrangements and strengthen the connection with enhanced health and safety outcomes.
  7. Finalise the development of nationally consistent explosives regulation.
  8. Cooperate and share information, expertise and experience with international organisations.

Download the corporate plan.

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