Finalists announced for 2023 WorkSafe Awards

Monday, 29 January, 2024

Finalists announced for 2023 WorkSafe Awards

The finalists for the 34th annual WorkSafe Awards have been revealed, with 16 finalists shortlisted across six award categories, in recognition of workplace health and safety and return to work. The winners of the WorkSafe Awards will be announced at an event at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on 29 February 2024, 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, adding that each nomination has a remarkable story to tell of their journey to reduce workplace harm and assist injured workers’ return to employment. “Our finalists represent a diverse range of industries and include businesses, health and safety representatives, and people who have returned to work after injury,” Calafiore said.

The finalists include employers ranging from 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 efforts of HSRRs representing Victorian workers, achievements in improving farm safety and the resilience and determination of the Worker Return to Work category finalists.

Calafiore said the innovative use of technology, the prevention-led approaches to improving outcomes and the dedication to workplace safety were 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. It will be a great night and I encourage everyone with an interest in making workplaces safer to buy a ticket and come along,” Calafiore said.

Tickets are on sale until Friday, 9 February and can be purchased online at the Eventbrite website or by emailing for more information. The full list of the 2024 WorkSafe Awards finalists is provided below:

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

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