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How workplace injury prevention subsidies work
Injury prevention subsidies are available to help small to medium businesses access services and other supports that are known to improve workplace health and safety.
There are three types of subsidies:
workforce capability development (e.g. training courses)
professional health and safety consulting advice, and
capital investment that has health and safety outcomes (e.g. people moving equipment).
Subsidies are generally sector-specific and are likely to be targeted at sectors where workers have a higher risk of injury. The subsidies that will be offered will change over time to meet business, sector and workplace needs.
What makes up an injury prevention subsidy?
Injury prevention subsidies include three elements:
a capped 50% contribution towards the purchase of approved training, equipment, products or programmes
improved access to information about the health and safety improvement solutions for which a subsidy is being offered
recognition for those businesses that take up an injury prevention subsidy.
The funding rate for each subsidy varies depending on business size and sector.
When you can apply
Three rounds of subsidies are planned per year. The first round in 2019 will begin in late February. Details on how to apply will be available at that time.
Who can apply
You can apply if you are a small to medium business (typically 6 – 99 employees) in a sector for which the specific injury prevention subsidy is relevant.
The first round of subsidies in 2019 will be available to the construction and the healthcare and social assistance sectors – both sectors have workplaces where there are high risks of injury.
Subsidies for businesses and workplaces in other sectors will be offered in the future.
Get in touch if you have any questions about the injury prevention subsidies. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.