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Prevention Fund

WorkSafe's Prevention Fund supports initiatives that:

  • create workplace change or provide information and education to improve workplace health and safety
  • reduce knowledge gaps.

Who can apply

WorkSafe accepts applications for project ideas from worker and employer organisations, academic institutions, government and community support organisations, and specialists capable of delivering health and safety outcomes.

Priority areas

WorkSafe reviews all applications for funding, but priority is given to:

  • projects that address significant risks
  • projects that support vulnerable workers
  • projects that prevent injuries or fatalities in high risk industries.

Application process

WorkSafe determines available funding during the annual business planning cycle and therefore funding is limited on a financial year basis.

Prior to making a submission please contact the Health and Safety Grants Manager at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au to discuss your proposal and obtain a WorkSafe Prevention Fund application form.

The Health and Safety Grants Manager will provide advice about whether your proposal is likely to meet the WorkSafe Prevention Fund requirements and will ensure that your proposal does not duplicate existing or planned work.

For further information about the Prevention Fund, download the WorkSafe Prevention Fund Information Sheet

Recent Prevention Fund projects

The following are examples of projects that have been recently funded through the WorkSafe Prevention Fund:

Crush protection devices for Quad bikes

Since 2000, there have been 158 quad bike fatalities in Australia. Quad bikes are now the leading cause of farm injuries. WorkSafe have partnered with the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health & Safety (ACAHS) to gather information on the enablers and barriers to the adoption of suitably-tested crush protection devices for quad bikes.

The project objectives were to:

  • Establish the benefits and disadvantages for dairy farmers of fitting a quadbar
  • Identify potential future promotion approaches to increase the adoption of quadbars by dairy farmers
  • Determine the willingness of dairy farmers to pay for quadbars
  • Calculate rider exposure (time) on quad bikes by dairy farmers
  • Assess rider behaviour in relation to farm topography (speed, slope)

More information

To find out more about this project, check the ACAHS website or contact the Grants Officer at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au.

OHS Body of Knowledge

WorkSafe is working with an alliance of OHS associations and educational institutions to develop a core body of knowledge for OHS generalists, and taking steps to ensure it becomes a future requirement.

The project objectives were to:

  • Promote OHS as an area of professional practice
  • Enhance the quality of OHS professionals
  • Improve the service delivery to workplaces
  • Improve OHS in Victorian workplaces

More information

To find out how the OHS Body of Knowledge is enhancing the quality of OHS professions visit the Safety Institute of Australia website or contact the Grants Officer at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au

Installing plant on roofs safely

WorkSafe is funding the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) and the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia (MPMSAA) to manage rebates for plumbers, electricians and refrigeration/air-conditioning mechanics that purchase specified manual handling equipment (roof lifters), that reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries from installing plant on roofs. 

The rebate of $1,000 was available for the purchase of one lifting device. The rebate was available through either of these organisations up to 30th November 2012.

The project objectives were to:

  • Highlight height safety strategies.
  • Reduce musculoskeletal injuries
  • Support an ongoing commitment to the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Improve awareness of occupational health and safety

More information

To find out more about how the roof lifter rebates are increasing safety for plumbers, electricians and refrigeration/air-conditioning mechanics check the NECA website or contact the Grants Officer at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au

OHS Reps@Work Website

WorkSafe is funding the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) to provide current and future Health and Safety Representatives with an independent interactive website. This website provides information that is easily accessible and in plain language, with further advice through the SafetyNet journal and the “Ask Renata” facility.

The project objectives are to:

  • Provide quickly accessible, understandable, accurate information and advice tailored to the needs of HSRs
  • Provide information to other parties such as ARREOs, employers and employees
  • Enable the VTHC to gather information on health & safety matters that will provide input into WorkSafe initiatives.

More information

To find out more about the OHSReps@Work website go to http://www.ohsrep.org.au or contact the Grants Officer at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au

Victorian Farm Safety Centre (VFSC)

WorkSafe is funding the Victorian Farm Safety Centre (VFSC) to develop practicable, customised manual handling solutions in both the vegetable production and wholesale nursery industries.

The project will assist growers to control manual handling hazards in the workplace, thereby reducing musculoskeletal injuries.

The project objectives were to:

  • Achieve a reduction in manual handling injuries
  • Consult with growers, employees, contractors, labour hire agencies and other key stakeholders
  • Find solutions to manual handling issues
  • Focus on outdoor activities and environmental factors such as water, noise, dust, chemicals, fatigue, heat, cold, night working and moving machinery.

More information

To find out more about this project contact the Grants Officer at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au

Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA)

WorkSafe is funding the Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) to develop a comprehensive set of resources designed to educate young people between 15 – 19 years about OHS issues within the workplace. The project is titled Safe T1.

The project objectives were to:

  • Reach the greatest number of young people before they enter the workplace, and thus reduce the risk of workplace injury and ill health.
  • Provide teachers with high quality practical resources, designed to engage students with the most pertinent Worksafe messages, in a manner that has the greatest potential to bring about behaviour change and reduce workplace injuries and illness.

More information

To find out more about this project contact the Grants Officer at prevention_fund@worksafe.vic.gov.au