October is National Safe Work Month – a time to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
About National Safe Work Month
Safe Work Australia is the national policy agency responsible for WHS and workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia. Since 2009, we have run a national campaign each October to raise awareness of WHS and provide resources for Australian workplaces to run their own events.
Individuals, their families and the broader community are all impacted by work-related injury and illness. Last year in Australia, Safe Work Australia preliminary data shows that around 163 people died while doing their job. Around 120,300 people made a workers’ compensation claim for serious injury or illness in 2019-20.
No one should be unsafe at work and no injury or death is acceptable. There is more that we can do, and together we can make a difference.
This is why, during October each year, we ask businesses, employers and workers across Australia to join National Safe Work Month and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.