Assistance for Small Businesses in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales

July 09, 2014

By Stephanie Matthews - General Manager NSW

Do you have a small business? Do you feel unsure about your health and safety obligations? Make sure you take advantage of the services offered by the regulatory body in your state.

New South Wales:

WorkCover NSW provides advice and assistance for small businesses.

If you are a sole trader or small business, you may be entitled to a free “advisory visit” by your local WorkCover Office. You will be provided with practical advice relating to workplace safety, workers compensation and injury management.

WorkCover NSW also runs workshops for small to medium businesses throughout New South Wales. These cover a range of topics within safety, workers compensation and injury management such as hazardous materials and workplace bullying. If a workshop is not available in your area, you can join with other nearby organisations and request a workshop suitable to your group.

In September 2014, WorkCover NSW will launch a mentor program for all businesses, regardless of industry. There is also currently a mentoring program for businesses in the house construction industry.

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Victoria:

WorkSafe Victoria provides information specifically for sole traders and small businesses. There are online guidelines to “do your own inspection” and identify potential hazards, tips for creating a register of injuries (a legal requirement) and information regarding health and safety topics such as manual handling, chemicals, bullying, occupational violence, stress and falls.

WorkSafe Victoria also provides a Training Service Provider Directory, so you can source reputable training for your staff regarding anything from asbestos to explosives.

Small businesses in Victoria with less than 20 employees or $1m in remuneration, may also be eligible for the WorkSafe OHS Essentials Program, a free safety consultancy service. A Safety Consultant will visit your workplace, learn about your business and assist you in identifying hazards and preparing a Safety Action Plan. They will also conduct a follow up visit, provide advice on managing safety, consult with your employees and provide documentation you may need.

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Tasmania:

WorkCover Tasmania Safety Advisors are available to help small to medium sized business (up to 200 workers). Their services are free and confidential and carry no threat of enforcement or fines.

They can review the safety plans you have in place and provide practical tools such as checklists, worksheets and sample safe work procedures to help you identify hazards in your workplace.

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