WorkSafe Awards finalists highlight safety excellence

Seeking safer and healthier workplaces through fresh approaches and tenacity is the common thread among the finalists for next month’s WorkSafe Awards.


From the 100 nominations received, 16 finalists have been shortlisted across six award categories, which recognise excellence in workplace health and safety and return to work.

The winners of the 34th annual WorkSafe Awards will be announced at an event at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on 29 February, with tickets on sale now.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore said it was wonderful to see such a strong field of nominations and finalists.

"Our finalists represent a diverse range of industries and include businesses, health and safety representatives, and people who have returned to work after injury," Mr Calafiore said.

"Each has a remarkable story to tell of their journey to reduce workplace harm and assist injured workers return to employment."

The line-up includes employers as diverse as emergency services and local councils to aged care and transport providers, that have shown leadership in OHS, created significant safety solutions or helped injured workers return to work.

Also highlighted are the vital efforts of HSRs representing Victorian workers, achievements in improving farm safety and the incredible resilience and determination of the Worker Return to Work category finalists.

Mr Calafiore said the innovative use of technology, the new prevention-led approaches to improving outcomes and the dedication to workplace safety on display was outstanding.

"The WorkSafe Awards are a great opportunity to join leading advocates for workplace health and safety to celebrate and share the things that help ensure everyone goes home safe every day," he said.

"It will be a great night and I encourage everyone with an interest in making workplaces safer to buy a ticket and come along."

Tickets are on sale until Friday 9 February and can be purchased online at the Eventbrite website or email [email protected] for more information.

2023 WorkSafe Awards Finalists

Commitment to Workplace Health and Safety on a Farm

  • Mildura Citrus
  • AirAgri

Health and Safety Representative of the Year

  • Jennifer-Maree Gamble & Gaye Maree Coles – Barwon Health University Hospital Geelong
  • Jason Learmonth – Ambulance Victoria
  • Peter Fitzpatrick – Merri-bek City Council

OHS Leadership/Achievement

  • Hansen Yuncken
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Jarred Dowswell - Victoria Police

Workplace Health and Safety Solution of the Year

  • Mars Wrigley – Ballarat Site
  • Victoria Police – Hard Seat Cover
  • Eastern Health – Swing Safety Door

Worker Return to Work

  • Andrew Mifsud – Sargeant Transport
  • Helene Visser – TIDDA Counselling

Leading Return to Work Practice

  • The Hireable Group
  • Pact Group
  • Calvary Aged Care Services