Matters of State | 15th year for SafeWork NSW awards

After a relaxing Easter weekend with the family, it was a busy week in the electorate which included the release of the first images of the new $70.2 million Mudgee Hospital. I also spent a day in Wellington visiting the new Service NSW centre which opened last Friday and meeting the team, a great asset for the community.

Nominations Welcome: SafeWork does an outstanding job but at the end of the day, workplace health and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Nominations Welcome: SafeWork does an outstanding job but at the end of the day, workplace health and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Nominations for Safework 

The SafeWork NSW awards for 2018 are now open for nominations. Now in their 15th year, the awards recognise individuals and organisations which have shown exceptional commitment to health, safety and return to work practices in NSW.

The awards cover six categories and are open to any NSW business, individual or not-for-profit organisation. These awards give us an opportunity to recognise workplaces that are putting their employees first, and setting a great example for other organisations.

SafeWork does an outstanding job helping to protect workers across the state but at the end of the day, workplace health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has improved safety in their workplace through innovation, forward thinking and positive change to be recognised.

Winning a SafeWork Award can have a direct and dramatic impact on your business, clearly differentiating you from competitors and providing a real competitive advantage when seeking or retaining customers.

Award categories include excellence in workplace health and safety culture (small or large business), best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue (small or large business), best individual contribution to workplace safety, excellence in recovery to work for business, recovery at work achievement award for injured workers and SafeWork NSW leadership in safety.

Visit www.safeworkawards.com.au. Entries close Friday, June 22. Winners will be announced on October 25. For more email awards@safework.nsw.gov.au.

Skills for small business

Small businesses and their staff will now have access to free business skills training thanks to a new $30 million NSW Government initiative aimed at helping small businesses grow and thrive. The new Skills for Business program meant local companies and their staff could undertake free TAFE NSW qualifications in subjects including digital and financial literacy, cybersecurity and general business management.

This initiative is all about giving small business owners the very best chance of not staying in business, but taking their business to the next level. Running a small business can be incredibly rewarding, but also incredibly tough, and this is an opportunity for those small business owners and their staff to upskill in an area of need, for free! Visit www.tafensw.edu.au/skillsforbusiness.

Until next week, Troy