Residential construction health and safety advisory services subsidy

If you're a small to medium sized business in the residential construction industry, you might be eligible for a workplace injury prevention subsidy to help pay for health and safety advice from a HASANZ-registered adviser.

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    Collaborating with HASANZ to give your business a hand

    In collaboration with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ), we've designed a subsidy to help small and medium-sized businesses access specialist health and safety (H&S) advice from a HASANZ-registered professional. Specifically, the subsidy is available to support businesses in developing a H&S action plan or improvement activity targeted at working in and around vehicles - including moving equipment and plant - on a construction site and/or falls from heights.

    This subsidy is available to residential construction businesses in the following subsectors:

    • residential building construction
    • land development and site preparation
    • building structure services
    • building installation services
    • building completion services
    • other construction services.

    Through the HASANZ Register, you can search for a professional H&S adviser to help you create an action plan or implement an improvement activity that will be covered by this subsidy. The HASANZ Register is a national online register of verified workplace H&S professionals and a one-stop-shop for businesses to find reliable, quality H&S advice and services. Note you can use the advanced search function on the HASANZ register to search for an advisor with skills and experience in vehicles, including mobile plant, and/or falls from heights.

    HASANZ Register

    How to get started

    In order to understand the H&S needs of your business, a good place to start is with an H&S assessment. We recommend your business completes an online SafePlus assessment before you engage an H&S adviser from HASANZ. The assessment is a good first step towards preparing an effective action plan.

    SafePlus is a free, online self-assessment tool, that aims to support H&S improvements for small and medium-sized businesses. It's WorkSafe endorsed, is a simple way to get feedback from people in all parts of your business, and provides guidance on the H&S improvement priorities identified by the assessment.

    The intent of this subsidy is to drive action through an action plan or a specific improvement activity. Therefore, the subsidy doesn't cover the cost of an H&S audit or assessment. We recommend you use the free WorkSafe endorsed assessment tool.

    Access the SafePlus online tool

    Finding a suitable HASANZ-registered adviser

    Finding a HASANZ-registered adviser has never been easier. You can search the HASANZ Register in two  ways:

    1. Entering a keyword, eg asbestos. The search will return a list of professionals who provide services or have training in subjects relating to the word you search. This is a good starting point for any business and can be especially helpful if you’re unsure where to start.
    2. Advanced search, ie selecting from a menu the specific service or concern you’re enquiring about.

    We recommend you use the advanced search if you already know what specific services you need. You can also use this to refine your previous search, by business size, location, and industry.

    The HASANZ Register search will provide a list of professionals who can provide the required skills and professional services, including a short profile for each. You can filter results by business size, location and industry. Clicking on the short profile of a person will give you the full profile, credentials, skills and capabilities.

    The Register is not a replacement for businesses undertaking their own due diligence. Businesses must still check that the person they wish to engage is right for them.

    H&S advisory services we'll contribute to

    The workplace injury prevention subsidy for H&S advisory services can help pay for an H&S action plan or improvement activity, undertaken or signed off by a HASANZ-registered adviser. The action plan or improvement activity must be in the areas of working in and around vehicles, including moving plant, and/or falls from heights.

    For more information, these are the types of H&S advisory services we'll contribute to:

    Types of services Description
    Action plan

    The plan should respond to the question: What are we going to do to have better health and safety in this workplace?

    An action plan is a documented list of objectives, activities, tasks, timelines, responsibilities and other information that outlines how you'll address the risks associated with working in and around vehicles and falls from heights in a workplace.

    Improvement activity

    An improvement activity should respond to the question: What has the health and safety consultant helped us to put in place to improve the health and safety of our workplace?

    An improvement activity is the actions and/or tasks that have been implemented to address risks associated with working in and around vehicles and falls from heights in a workplace.

    Our contribution

    We'll pay 50% of the cost of an advisory service from a HASANZ-registered H&S adviser up to a maximum amount, depending on the size of your business.

    Business size (employees) Business size definition Our Maximum contribution*
     Small enterprises (around 6 to 19 FTE) $332,400 to $1,225,119 liable earnings $500
    Small to medium enterprises (20 to 49 FTE) $1,225,120 to $3,159,519 liable earnings $1,200
    Medium (around 50 to 99 FTE) $3,159,520 to $6,383,520 liable earnings $2,400

    *Maximum contribution excludes GST

    The maximum contribution varies according to the size of the business, eg an H&S advisor is likely to spend more time providing their advice to a medium-sized business, so the service costs may be more than the cost for a small business.

    How to find out if you're eligible

    To be eligible for this workplace injury prevention subsidy, your business must be:

    • a small to medium-sized business with around 6 to 99 employees
    • in the following construction industry subsector:
      • residential building construction
      • land development
      • site preparation
      • building structure services
      • building installation services
      • building completion services
      • other construction services.

    Checking if you're eligible is as simple as logging into MyACC for Business. If you're eligible for this subsidy, you'll have the offer displayed on your MyACC for Business overview page.

    Log into MyACC for Business

    If you've never used MyACC for Business, find out more about it and how to register.

    About MyACC for Business

    There are terms and conditions for redeeming this workplace injury prevention subsidy.

    Terms and conditions for workplace injury prevention subsidies

    Subsectors align to ACC’s Levy Classification Units (CU).

    Find your BIC code and CU code:

    Business Industry Classification finder website

    How to redeem your subsidy offer

    1. Log in to MyACC for Business to check that you’re eligible and the amount you’re eligible for.
      MyACC for Business
    2. Complete a SafePlus assessment* to identify your H&S improvement priorities.
    3. Visit the HASANZ register to find a suitable H&S advisor to engage with.
      HASANZ Register
    4. Go back to MyACC for Business and upload:
      • an itemised receipt for the services you engaged the H&S adviser for. If you don't have a receipt, include an invoice showing the item(s) and a screenshot of your bank or credit card statement showing the transaction
      • a copy of the action plan and/or the improvement activity report from your H&S adviser.
    5. If you've provided all the correct information, we'll transfer our contribution to your nominated bank account.
    6. We'll formally acknowledge your business' participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.

    *This is recommended as a good first step but it's not a requirement of the subsidy. You may use any assessment tool that you prefer or engage an H&S advisor directly without a prior H&S assessment or audit.

    Note: The information and copies of reports provided to us will only be used for research and continuous improvement purposes. No private or commercially sensitive information will be disclosed to third parties nor used for any other purpose than to improve the subsidy product.

    If you're a HASANZ Health and Safety Advisor

    If you're a HASANZ Health and Safety Adviser and would like to know more about this subsidy, visit the HASANZ website.

    Health and Safety Association NZ

    Alternatively, you can contact the HASANZ team via email and they can provide you with more information from a Health and Safety Adviser perspective.


    Last published: 14 December 2020