WorkSafe grants

WorkSafe is committed to reducing workplace harm and improving outcomes for injured workers.



The program supports:

  • our focus on what will make the biggest difference and have the greatest impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of Victorian workers
  • our aim to support initiatives and organisations that reflect our values and engage with our stakeholders in meaningful ways

Manual handling grant round

Before applying for this grant, read through the grant guidelines and partner letter of support documents.

Hazardous manual handling creates a risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In Victoria, MSDs are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability to injured workers. MSDs can also significantly affect workers' mental health.

WorkSafe's manual handling grant round provides funding for workplaces to prevent MSDs resulting from hazardous manual handling.

Applications for the grant open on Monday 26 September until 12pm on Monday 21 November 2022. Applicants can apply for up to $300,000 for a project to begin in April 2023 and conclude by October 2025.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply:

  • you are a workplace or are partnering with a workplace in the healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, or transport and warehousing industries
  • you have an idea for a project to address the physical and/or psychosocial factors contributing to MSDs
  • your project seeks to improve risk management practices and risk controls relating to manual handling

We welcome and encourage applications from universities, specialists, peak bodies, inventors, unions and employer associations in collaboration with workplaces from high-risk industries. The grant aims to support prevention-focused (designed to prevent a manual handling injury) projects which are designed and tested in consultation with workplace employees.

The 2021-22 funding round has recently been finalised