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New grants to boost workplace safety

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Fresh ideas to reduce workplace harm and improve outcomes for injured workers are being funded through a new WorkSafe Victoria grants program.

The WorkSafe grants support initiatives that deliver outstanding workplace safety and education projects in Victoria.

A round of grants valued at up to $2 million is on 7 July 2021 open for applications.

Applicants must be a community group or local organisation, an employer, or employer or employee representative group and have an ABN.

Grants will be awarded across three tiers of funding – up to $50,000, $50,000-$500,000 and more than $500,000.

WorkSafe Executive Director, External Affairs Sam Jenkin said WorkSafe’s grants focus on nurturing safety and recovery support innovation in the workplace.

“Innovative programs can make a lasting difference to the lives of many Victorian workers and their families and play a lead role in improving safety in many workplaces,” Mr Jenkin said.

“That is why we are delighted that organisations can now seek the resources to turn their groundbreaking safety and recovery ideas into sustainable workplace improvements.”

Grant applications can be submitted online until Wednesday, 18 August and further information on how to apply for a grant can be found at

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SafeWork SA is offering funding up to $25,000 for health and safety initiatives supporting young workers and women in the workplace through the 2021 Augusta Zadow Awards.

The annual awards were established in recognition of efforts of Augusta Zadow, who in 1895 became South Australia’s first female inspector of factories. She played a crucial role in securing better conditions for employees, particularly women and children.

Businesses and individuals are invited to submit their applications with their ideas for research, education or solutions that improved the health and safety of young people or women working in South Australia.

The award grant can be used to develop a work health and safety initiative, meet the cost of further education or research.

Successful applicants must propose a project that will benefit women and young people by:

  • providing a solution to a work health and safety issue, and/or
  • significantly improving health and safety through research and further education.

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