Launch of Safe Work Australia Month

Media Release
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Senator for Tasmania

Today the Minister for Employment and Safety Ambassador Senator Eric Abetz officially launched Safe Work Australia Month and its feature event, the new Australian Strategy Work Health and Safety Virtual Seminar Series.

The Virtual Seminar Series, to be held through Safe Work Australia Month in October, is a free online programme that will showcase the latest thinking, developments and research in work health and safety.

The series will include presentations from national and overseas work health and safety experts, discussions with business leaders and live online panels.

In officially launching Safe Work Australia Month, Senator Abetz said the Virtual Seminar Series was a terrific way to get workers, businesses and the community to learn more about work health and safety.

Senator Abetz’s video message can be accessed here: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/media-events/safety-month/pages/swam

“Safe Work Australia Month and the Virtual Seminar Series provide individuals, businesses and the general community with a platform to start a conversation about work health and safety,” Senator Abetz said.

“Raising awareness of work health and safety will reduce injuries, increase productivity and may save a life.

"Sadly, 191 people lost their lives in a work-related incident in 2013.

"While this is the lowest number on record, it’s still 191 too many.

“It’s important for all businesses – no matter their size – to effectively manage the health and safety of their workers.

“That’s why the Australian Government is working towards ensuring straightforward and easy-to-understand work health and safety guidance so that everyone can understand what they need to do.

“So, this October, I encourage everyone to make work health and safety a priority, take part in the Virtual Seminar Series and become a safety leader by getting involved in Safe Work Australia Month.”

More information about the full range of Safe Work Australia Month events being held during October is available by downloading the free Safe Work Australia Month app.

For further information about how you can get involved in Safe Work Australia Month, please visit www.swa.gov.au

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Media line: (02) 6240 8667, media@employment.gov.au