Small business rebate

We offer rebates to help small businesses in NSW improve their safety.

The small business rebate gives up to $500 back to small business owners who buy and install eligible safety items to address a safety problem in their workplace.

Before you apply you must have attended an eligible SafeWork NSW safety workshop, webinar, program, event, or had an advisory visit from a SafeWork NSW officer. All these events and visits are free.

Apply online or download a form

Am I eligible for a small business rebate?

If you meet all the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for a small business rebate

  • you have attended an eligible free SafeWork NSW safety workshop, webinar, event, or had an advisory visit from a SafeWork NSW officer
  • you are a small business or sole trader who employs less than 50 people (equivalent full time)
  • you have not previously received a small business rebate from SafeWork or WorkCover NSW
  • you are conducting a commercial business producing goods or providing services in NSW
  • your business is registered in NSW and comes within the scope of the work health and safety legislation in NSW

What can I buy?

There are a wide range of eligible safety items under the below hazard areas:

  • manual tasks – lifting, carrying, handling objects, muscular stress, repetitive work
  • hazardous noise
  • slips, trips and falls, falls from a height
  • injuries from moving objects
  • chemicals and dangerous goods

Check the list of eligible items.

How do I apply?

Within six months of attending the advisory visit, safety workshop, program or event, you must:

Attach a copy of your paid tax invoice and receipt. The items you are claiming for must be paid for, received and installed prior to your application.

Apply online or download a form

What do I need to complete my application?

  • a tax invoice from a supplier with an ABN. The Tax Invoice should show a nil balance or note proof of payment. A 'PAID' stamp across the invoice is not sufficient
  • a receipt for payment in full for the goods (or proof of payment)
  • details of your eligible event – where, when, with whom
  • your business details including ABN, trading name, business bank account and workers compensation policy number (if applicable)

Things to keep in mind

  • you can claim for more than one eligible solution on your application form but can only apply once for the small business rebate. For example, you could purchase a number of safety solutions to prevent falls from a height - such as scaffolding, edge protection and industrial fall arrest equipment - and include all three invoices in your one rebate application form
  • you must buy your goods after your eligible interaction with SafeWork NSW
  • make sure the copies of your tax invoice(s) and receipt(s) you scan and send are clear and easy to read
  • applications are usually processed within 4 weeks of being received (if all information is complete and correct)