Our people can help you
WorkSafe is committed to helping small to medium-sized businesses understand their health and safety responsibilities, with our:
- Helpline: as your first point of contact for WorkSafe Tasmania, our Helpline Inspectors can provide a quick response to your questions about safety, workers compensation, long service leave or dangerous goods.
- Advisory Service: our Advisors can visit your workplace for free, with a toolkit to get you started with safety management
- Better Work Tasmania: this networking and mentoring group gives you access to local experiences and solutions.
Our online resources can help you
WorkSafe has plenty of online information. We recommend you start with:
- Getting your safety systems right: explains the whys and hows of safety policies and procedures, inducting and training your workers, and more
- Managing people in your workplace: explains how to manage the safety of your workers, contractors, volunteers, new workers and more
- Safety hazards and solutions A-Z: covers common hazards and workplace issues, with practical solutions for how to manage them.
We also have publications and sample tools that can help you with safety, wellbeing and complying with the laws. Find the full list in Resources below.
As a business owner, you’re legally responsible for implementing health and safety practices in your workplace as soon as you start your business. You must make sure your business doesn’t create health and safety problems for your workers, contractors, volunteers, visitors, customers or the public.
Creating a safe work environment is critical to the long-term success of your business. It can:
- reduce injury and illness in the workplace
- reduce the costs of injury and workers compensation
- ensure you meet your legal obligations and responsibilities for your workers
- help you retain staff
- maximise the productivity of your workers.
Before you employ anyone, you must have a workers compensation insurance policy.
Other government business resources
If you’re new to business we recommend you visit these websites as a starting point:
- Business Tasmania (external link) is aimed at Tasmanian small business. Its online resources can guide small business though the start-up phase and help you manage licences, tax, finances, staff, customers and suppliers, and more. It can even help if you’re an established business
- the Australian Government’s Business website (external link) pulls together information from many government sites in one central site. Use its guided search (external link) to find targeted information for your business.
Your employer association or local chamber of commerce may also be able to provide safety information and support. A good starting point is the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (external link).
For wages and conditions in the private sector you should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman (external link) on 13 13 94.
The Australian Taxation Office (external link) can help you with questions about tax and superannuation for your workers.