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 180 people died while doing their job. Around 107,000 people made a workers’ compensation claim for serious injury or illness in 2017-18.
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.
WHS and COVID-19
The Safe Work Australia website provides a range of national WHS guidance and tools that workplaces can use to minimise the health and safety risks posed by COVID-19.
Our information for workplaces, has guidance relevant to more than 30 industries and covers physical distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, workers’ compensation, how to conduct risk assessments and design emergency plans, as well as providing case studies to help explain how to manage the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace.
The COVID-19 resource kit includes a range of resources you can display in your workplace, including infographics, fact sheets and posters on handwashing, hygiene and physical distancing.