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Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia is an Australian government statutory body established in 2008 to develop national policy relating to work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation.

As a national policy body, Safe Work Australia does not regulate WHS laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories retain responsibility for regulating and enforcing WHS laws in their jurisdictions.

Vision and mission

Healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements.

All workers regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged have the right to a healthy and safe working environment. Safe Work Australia (SWA) believes the effective design of work and work systems, and the systematic management of risks, will allow workers to lead productive working lives.

How Safe Work Australia can help

Safe Work Australia (SWA) is committed to developing policy aimed at reducing the incidence of work related death, injury and illness, and exposure to hazards and risks in the workplace.

SWA is an inclusive, tripartite body — working in partnership with governments, employers and employees — to drive national policy development on WHS and workers’ compensation matters. SWA works to:

  • develop and evaluate national policy and strategies
  • develop and evaluate the model WHS legislative framework
  • developing national education, communication strategies and initiatives
  • undertake research, and
  • collect, analyse and report data.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Safe Work Australia.

Last reviewed: April 2021

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