The 2018-19 NSW Budget includes $10 million to slash red tape for small businesses and funding to increase the State’s workplace safety regulators reach.
There was significant investment in SafeWork initiatives to help bolster workplace safety, and improve the health and wellbeing of NSW workers.
According to Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean, funding in 2018-19 for SafeWork NSW includes:
- $10 million as part of a four-year $55 million Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy, in partnership with the State Insurance Regulatory Authority and Insurance and Care NSW, including manager training and recovery at work programs, research to help inform ongoing strategies, a media campaign to raise awareness, and mentoring tools to better support businesses;
- Expanding the successful Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program that provides rebates, safety equipment, and education, taking the total NSW Government investment in the program to $3.7 million;
- $315k in rebates for small business to improve worker health and safety; and
- $200k to fund Roadmap Health and Safety Landscape projects.
“The NSW Government remains committed to providing these vital services. We want to do everything we can to make sure that every worker who heads off to work in the morning returns home safely to their family each night,” Mr. Kean said.