FAQs for small business safety rebate

If your questions hasn't been answered after reading these FAQs, you can send an email to safetyrebate@safework.nsw.gov.au or call us on 13 10 50.

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1. What is the rebate?

What is the small business rebate?

The Small Business Rebate Program offers up to $500 to help small business owners and sole traders (with 0-50 full-time employees or equivalent) adopt solutions to high risk safety problems in their workplace.  We also provide access to free safety advisors to help small businesses build safety skills.

Why do we offer the small business rebate?

SafeWork NSW provides this rebate to help NSW workplaces improve managing safety in their workplaces.

Under NSW legislation, an employer has obligations to address safety risks and control these as effectively as possible. SafeWork NSW will look closely to check you have chosen the solution with the highest chance of solving your problem.

How much is the rebate for?

Small businesses can receive up to a maximum of $500 towards the cost of purchasing and installing eligible safety solution/s in their workplace.  For example:

If you have a solution that totals $250 then you will receive $250

  • if you have many (different) eligible solutions that total $495 you will receive $495
  • if you have one or many (different) eligible solutions that total $2,800 you will receive $500.

The rebate does not cover GST, freight or insurance.

How many rebates can be claimed?

One - a business owner can only apply for the rebate once irrespective of the number, name, registration or NSW location of individual businesses/ABNs they own.

However, small businesses can claim for more than one eligible safety solution in their application. 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. Maximum rebate is up to $500.