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.
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, live 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:
- identify, purchase and implement your eligible safety item, as per the list of eligible items.
- Get a paid tax invoice and receipt (or proof of purchase). The item must be purchased after you attend an eligible SafeWork NSW safety activity.
- Complete an online rebate application form or print an application form and return it to us by:
- email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- post to Small Business Rebate, SafeWork NSW, Locked Bag 2906, Lisarow NSW 2252.
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.
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)