Schools and community groups in the mining areas of the Hunter, Central Coast and North West of the state can now apply for their share of $150,000 in the new Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) grants program. The MSAC aims to increase awareness of health and safety issues in mining communities with grants of up to $10,000 each available to schools and community groups.
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips has launched a new year-long WorkCover campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries. “Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common workplace injury, costing nearly $1 billion a year in medical costs, wages and other expenses,” Rich-Phillips said.
The Gillard government has announced that the 2012-2013 budget will support jobs, building on an investment in skills, training and assistance. It was claimed that protecting jobs has been “the number one priority of the Gillard government from day one”, with the following measures intended to reflect that commitment.
Applicants from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have been awarded grants under the Comcare Asbestos Innovation Fund. The fund, launched by the federal government in December 2010, is designed to encourage the development of practical programs and research which raise awareness of asbestos, improve its management and removal, and provide better treatment and support for sufferers and their families.
Eight new research projects focusing on return to work, occupational health and safety, injury prevention and neurotrauma have been funded through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) 2012 Development Grants Program.
$550,000 worth of grants will be available to assist small businesses in understanding the new OHS laws. Applications for the grants close at 4.30 pm on Monday 30 January 2012.
To find money for health and safety at work means thinking beyond legal obligations and looking for ways that health and safety can add value to, and be valued by, an organisation. It means being creative and looking both above and below the line - business decisions should be objective but are often influenced by underpinning management values.
More than $400,000 is being made available to assist research into SA work health and safety issues.
WorkCover NSW has announced recipients of the $6.7m grants program to help prepare for the new national harmonisation of work health and safety legislation.
It is naive to think employers are going to spend money on anything that is not justified, including OHS, and practitioners in this field need to learn to present a powerful cost-benefit analysis to management. OHS practitioners who ‘do their homework’ and speak the ‘language of management’ will be able to attract funding for occupational health and safety initiatives.
A Queensland natural disasters jobs and skills package that will help industries and businesses affected by the summer floods and Cyclone Yasi to recover has been announced.
The South Australian Government has recently announced the availability of grants to fund workplace safety initiatives.
People suffering from asbestos-related diseases will benefit from a new government fund recently announced by the Minister of Jobs and Workplace Relations.
WorkCover NSW announced recently that its deficit fell dramatically in the second half of 2009.
RMIT University, located in Melbourne, has received a significant grant from the US safety regulator NIOSH to conduct research into construction-site safety.