Small business rebate

We offer rebates to small businesses and sole traders in NSW who buy and install equipment that makes their workplace safer.

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 first attend a free eligible event or arrange a free advisory visit from a SafeWork NSW officer, and meet the terms and conditions.

Watch the video and read below for all the information you'll need.

How to claim the $500 small business rebate.

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 event (eg free SafeWork NSW safety workshop, webinar), 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:

Your application may be delayed if the form is not complete, tax invoices/receipts are not attached or details are incorrect.

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).

Read the terms and conditions

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)

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