We want people to come to work, know that the systems are in place to keep them safe, and feel supported enough to always do the right thing.
Diane Smith-Gander, Chair, Safe Work Australia
Who we are
Safe Work Australia works with government, industry and business to improve health and safety at work for all Australians.
We work to:
- coordinate and develop national policy and strategies
- assist with the implementation of model WHS legislation
- undertake research
- collect, analyse and report data.
One of the main reasons I take work safety very seriously is to be able to get home to my wife and son each night.
Matthew Sherwood, farm manager
Why our work is important
All workers, regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged, have the right to healthy, safe and well-designed work.
A safe and healthy workplace is a positive and more productive workplace.
Keeping track of work health and safety
Our statistics provide a national picture of work-related fatalities, injuries and workers’ compensation claims.
Understanding the common causes of injury and the industries most affected, helps reduce work-related fatalities, injury, illness and disease.
"It's really important that I go home to my family safely, both emotionally and physically..."
Rebecca Caulfield, Emergency nurse
We are making a difference
Our robust, flexible and durable work health and safety laws and policies mean that Australia continues to experience a decrease in workplace injuries and fatalities.
Our work must continue
People are still dying and getting injured at work.
“The real endgame here is making sure that workers can get home safely, they get home safely to their families and their loved ones.”
Michelle Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia
All data relates to 2015-16 for serious claims and 2016 for fatalities.
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