At risk workers

Every worker requires support to work to their capacity and stay safe.

However, there are some workers who might be at greater risk of injury or illness while working. They may need extra support and consideration to stay healthy and safe at work.

There are four groups of workers who are most at risk of being injured at work:

  • culturally and linguistically diverse workers
  • migrant workers
  • young workers
  • labour hire workers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, workers with disabilities and pregnant workers are also considered at risk.

Our five-year At risk workers’ strategy 2018-2022 aims to support and protect the four groups of workers most at risk.

You can visit our young workers eToolkit to access a range of resources that have been specifically developed to support young workers’ safety.

Employers responsibilites

If you're an employer you must provide:

  • a safe and healthy workplace
  • safe equipment, structures, and systems of work
  • adequate workplace amenities and facilities
  • information, training and supervision
  • the opportunity for workers to talk about work health and safety.
Worker responsibilities

You are required to take reasonable care of yourself, and not do anything that would affect the health and safety of others at work.

You must follow any reasonable health and safety instructions from your employer.

You also need to:

  • ask if you are not sure how to safely perform the work
  • follow instructions and work safely
  • report unsafe and unhealthy situations and injuries to your immediate supervisor.

Your rights at work fact sheet

We provide a your rights at work fact sheet which explains the basic responsibilities of the worker and the employer.

We also provide this fact sheet in Arabic, Korean, Hindi, Filipino, Chinese and Malay.

Labour hire

Find information for workers employed through external labour hire organisations in legal obligations.

Read SafeWork Australia's Labour hire: duties of persons conducting a business or undertaking.

Other sources of information

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