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Anyone can Be a Safety Champion and get involved in the many events and work health and safety initiatives been held during National Safe Work Month across the country.

Find the events happening in your region or get involved by creating your own events with the resources from the National Safe Work Month Be a Safety Champion campaign kit.

What is happening in your state and territory

WHS regulators are running events and activities across the country to raise awareness of workplace health and safety this National Safe Work Month.


Mental Health Week

As part of National Safe Work Month, Safe Work Australia recognises Mental Health Week from 6 – 12 October and Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019.

On average, work-related mental health conditions cost Australia $600 milllion each year in workers' compensation alone. The true cost to the workers, their families, organisations and the community are much higher. However, psychological injuries can be prevented!

Psychological risks are treated the same as physical risks under work health and safety laws.

Safe Work Australia has developed an infographic showing how to use the four-step risk management process to manage psychological risks.

Download the work-related psychological health and safety guide for more information or talk to your local regulator.

BeUpstanding trial and Champion Kit

Safe Work Australia is proud to support BeUpstanding – an evidence-based program designed to address the health and financial costs associated with excess sitting by helping desk-based workers stand up, sit less and move more.

Champion work health and safety in your workplace by downloading the BeUpstanding Champion Toolkit or register your workplace in the BeUpstanding trial.

To find out more about the trial go to the BeUpstanding website or watch the video on the BeUpstanding Champion Toolkit.

Queensland events

WorkSafe QLD is hosting a range of National Safe Work Month initiatives including:  

Visit the WorkCover Queensland Safe Work Month page to view their calendar or plan your own event using their planning toolkit

Tasmania events

WorkSafe Tasmania is holding two main events this year: 

Visit the WorkSafe Month 2019 website  to view other events in Tasmania. 

Northern Territory events 

NT WorkSafe a running a series of safety seminars including 

  • working in heat on 7 October
  • free webinars
  • free small business safety consultations. 

Visit the NT WorkSafe website for their full calendar of events.

Western Australia events 

WorkCover WA has developed a presentation slide pack to encourage employers to have a discussion with their staff about the importance of safety at work and good injury management. See also WorkCover WA’s educational Return to work videos and Return to work: employer guide.

We encourage you to share your events on social media during National Safe Work Month and the safety champions at your workplace by using the hashtags #safetychampion and #safeworkmonth

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