WorkSafe Victoria delivers new grants for safety projects

WorkSafe Victoria has announced a $2 million round of grants for workplace safety and education projects to encourage further initiatives to protect workers.

WorkSafe executive director external affairs Sam Jenkin said the grants will help improve workplace safety.

“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,” Jenkin said.

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

The grants will be provided through three tiers of funding, which include up to $50,000, $50,000 to $500,000 and more than $500,000.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, applicants are required to be a community group or local organisation, an employer, or employer or employee representative group and have an Australian business number (ABN).

The applications can be submitted until August 18 through WorkSafe Victoria’s online grants management platform.

The priorities of WorkSafe Victoria’s grants are to reduce workplace harm, increase knowledge and confidence, and enhance community value.

Its areas of focus includes workplaces where the most injuries are predicted, the highest cause of fatalities, supporting the mental health of workers, and strengthening oversight of occupational illness and disease.

The grants will be initially reviewed by a grants officer and subject matter experts at WorkSafe, followed by a final decision from the Grant Governance Committee.

“To be considered for a grant, you will need to demonstrate that you have the capacity, expertise and resources to undertake, manage and evaluate your proposed initiative,” WorkSafe Victoria stated.

“Successful applicants must meet WorkSafe’s reporting requirements to provide information regarding the outcomes of their initiative.”

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