Our role

WorkSafe Victoria plays a critical role in the lives of Victorian employers and workers - as the state’s health and safety regulator and as the manager of Victoria’s workers compensation scheme. In both capacities, employers and workers are at the heart of our service.

Our aim is to keep all workplaces healthy and safe, and to deliver high quality care and treatment when workers are injured.

Our history

WorkSafe has a proud history. Over more than 30 years, we have worked hard with employers and workers to create safer workplaces.

In that time, Victoria’s workers’ compensation scheme has helped more than one million injured workers receive compensation, rehabilitation and medical services, while maintaining one of the lowest premium rates in Australia.

However, our workplaces and industries are changing rapidly. New risks and hazards are emerging and community expectations are shifting.

Our future

To meet the challenge, WorkSafe has begun modernising its services. We’re aiming to provide an inclusive, empathetic and tailored service for every Victorian who comes into contact with WorkSafe, and embed a proactive, prevention-led approach to health and safety in every workplace across Victoria by 2030.

Prevention-led

Like wearing a seatbelt or putting on sunscreen, “prevention-led” thinking will become automatic every time Victorians step into the workplace.

Community partnership

In stronger partnership with the community, we will help educate Victorians in tackling rising workplace issues such as mental injury, bullying, occupational violence and post-traumatic stress disorder.

These crucial changes will ensure that, over the next decade and beyond, WorkSafe continues to lead the way in creating healthier and safer workplaces for all Victorians.

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WorkSafe's responsibilities are outlined in Acts of Parliament

  • health, safety and welfare in the workplace under the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004
  • workers' compensation and the rehabilitation of injured workers under the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
  • employer insurance and premium under the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
  • explosives and other dangerous goods under the Dangerous Goods Act 1995
  • high-risk equipment used in public places and on private premises under the Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994.