WorkSafe OHS Essentials Program

Free safety advice for Victorian Businesses

Safety Australia Group are proud participants in the WorkSafe Victoria OHS Essentials Program. This is a free consultation service delivered by an independent occupational health and safety (OHS) consultant who will come to your workplace, help you identify hazards and provide a practical safety action plan. 

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your safety obligations and to receive tailored advice on managing safety in your workplace.

Who can apply?

The program is available to small and medium sized businesses with a WorkCover insurance Policy. Sole traders with contractors may be also eligible to apply but must hold a WorkCover insurance Policy.  If you answer yes to the following criteria, you may be eligible to apply:

  • Based in Victoria, Australia
  • Have a WorkCover insurance policy
  • Small business – fewer than 20 employees or less than $1M in remuneration
  • Medium sized business – fewer than 200 employees or less than $20M in remuneration
  • You have limited OHS knowledge or understanding of your safety requirements and need help getting a Health and Safety Plan set up.

How long will it take?

Small Business: The initial on-site visit will take up to three hours and the follow up on-site visit will take up to two hours.

Medium Sized Business: The initial on-site visit will take up to six hours and the follow up on-site visit will take up to four hours.

What you need to know about the consultancy programs

  • Tailored and free independent safety advice and support
    It’s not one size fits all! The safety consultant will learn about how your business works. For example; the type of product or service you provide, how you make or deliver this, the number of staff you have and what health and safety plans you already have. Then they’ll take a look around the workplace with you to identify any safety issues that may not have been addressed. They will also provide advice on how to manage safety, consult with your employees and what documentation you may need.
  • You get a safety action plan
    The safety consultant will provide you with a safety action plan. This safety action plan provides you with a priority list of what issues the safety consultant believes need to be addressed, and provides advice on how to go about addressing these issues.
  • Speedy service
    The safety consultant will be forwarded your application for assistance within two days of WorkSafe receiving the request. WorkSafe requires the safety consultant to arrange an appointment and deliver the assistance within 10 days of receiving the request. If your business isn’t able to meet with the consultant within 10 days, a later time can be arranged.
    All requests for assistance must be finalised within thee-six months of application. Businesses can only receive this free service once, however, you can continue to work with the consultant at you own expense.

For more information please call us on 1300 585 128 or visit the WorkSafe Victoria website to organise your *free visit (conditions apply).


* Applicants must meet the application criteria set by WorkSafe Victoria