Into the future with WorkSafe Month 2018

Our working lives are rapidly transforming, through the increase of digital technologies and robotics, changing employment patterns, people staying at work longer, and rising levels of work-related stress and chronic disease.

These and other significant changes are likely to have disruptive impacts on the Australian working environment (for more detail, see the June edition of Workplace Issues magazine for an article on the future of work). Anticipating these impacts and preparing for a range of plausible futures is an important step in ensuring the long-term effectiveness of our safety and workers compensation systems.

WorkSafe Month 2018 adopts these future possibilities as the theme for its events, to help employers and workers prepare for the challenges and changes ahead.

2018 WorkSafe Month

Welcome to WorkSafe Month 2018

Minister for Resources, Building and Construction
Guy Barnett MP

Every day we must strive to ensure work health and safety stays ‘front of mind’: an important priority for business owners, managers and supervisors, and workers to ensure we work safely and can go home at the end of each day to our families and communities.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to workplace safety as an important part of our Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan; we want workers who are injured to be supported in their return to work.

This year’s WorkSafe Month theme focuses on the impact emerging technologies and platforms will have on work health and safety and workers’ compensation over the next 20 years.

Work health and safety should be a strong part of every workplace’s culture, no matter how big or small.

Every October we re-focus this commitment to health safety and wellbeing through WorkSafe Month.

This year’s Month will include the biennial WorkSafe Conference on 22 and 23 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart. This will include a celebratory cocktail function on the Monday night to recognise this year’s WorkSafe Awards recipients.

The Conference is your opportunity to access direct information about safety, health, wellbeing and return to work in one convenient location.

The Month will also include statewide risk management workshops, a walk for wellbeing at Montrose Foreshore, and a presence at the Flinders Island Show and the Beach to Bay Fun Run.

For those who can’t get away from work, there will be free online learning options: Safe Work Australia will be hosting a virtual seminar series this year.

So together we will continue to work towards not just safer and healthier workplaces, but a better Tasmania for all of us.

Whether you’re a small business or large, a worker or employer, new to safety or keen to learn how to refine what you are already doing, I encourage you to register and participate in this new and exciting program because “Staying healthy and safe at work is everyone’s responsibility.”

We’re all experiencing more screen time and sitting, at work and home. So our Walk for Wellbeing on Sunday 7 October at 12 noon is the perfect opportunity for you to get up and moving!

Bring your colleagues and family along to the Montrose Foreshore Community Park for what will also be the official launch of WorkSafe Month 2018.


Sunday 7 October, 12 noon


Montrose Foreshore Community Park


The grassed area near the playground and the public toilets.


Register online for the walk or on the event day from 10am.

On the day, all walkers must sign in at the registration desk and receive a lanyard before starting the walk.

Walk route and time to complete

The walk will start and finish at Montrose Foreshore Community Park. Participants will walk the cycle track until they reach GASP Pavilion at Wilkinsons Point.

The walk will take 30-40 minutes at a leisurely walking pace. Total walk distance is approximately 4km.

The cycle track is a wide, flat track suitable for everyone: families, children, and suitable for prams, people with limited mobility, and wheelchairs.

Walkers will be sharing the cycle and walk track with other walkers and cyclists.  To avoid the risk of a collision, walk start times will be staggered with groups of around 10 to be sent off at one minute intervals. This will prevent cyclists and walkers coming across a large volume of walkers all at once that they need to get past.


The walk is open to families and individuals.  A person under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by either a parent or legal guardian or have parent or legal guardian consent agreed to on the walk registration form.

Health and safety

  • Please be sun smart. Sunscreen will be available on the day.
  • First aid staff and St Johns Ambulance will be onsite at Montrose Foreshore Community Park.
  • No pets are permitted on the walk.
  • All walkers must wear their assigned lanyard at all times during the walk for identification.
  • Walkers are advised not to wear headphones while walking. At all times walkers should stay alert and listen to any staff announcements that may come up during the walk.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing for walking and suitable walking shoes.

Event cancellation

Please check this web page for walk and weather updates before and on the day of the event.

Participants who registered online before the day of the walk will be notified by text message and email two hours before the event start time.  Please provide correct mobile and email details at the time of registering.

Entertainment and giveaways

There will be information from WorkSafe Tasmania, the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania, the Stroke Foundation of Tasmania, the Heart Foundation of Tasmania and OzHelp Tasmania on the day.

The day will include activities from Life Be In It and face painting for the kids.

All walkers will receive

  • A lanyard
  • Bottled water
  • A WorkSafe Tasmania show bag.

Terms and conditions

Please read the full terms and conditions before registering to participate in the walk.

New technologies present new opportunities — and new risks.

Statewide workshops presented by Tania Van der Stap from ALIGN Risk Management will present ways of transforming your thinking from safety-based to risk-based; and help you achieve productivity and quality work outcomes. The approach is both strategic and hands-on whilst still recognising the reality of your business needs.

The Workshops are supported by WorkSafe’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisors. Read more about our Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisors.

Refreshments will be provided at each workshop.

When you attend your Effective Risk Management Workshop you will receive a ticket to go in the draw to win a $50 gift card from a local PPE supplier. Please read the full terms and conditions of this competition.

Registration, locations and times

Register by choosing the location you wish to attend:

  • Hobart at Tattersalls Park Function Centre: Monday 8 October, 9am–12 noon
  • Strahan at Risby Cove: Wednesday 10 October, 10am–1pm
  • Smithton at Tall Timbers: Friday 12 October, 2–5pm
  • Ulverstone at Sports & Leisure Centre: Tuesday 16 October, 9am–12 noon
  • St Helens at Bayside Inn: Wednesday 17 October, 5:30–8:30pm
  • Launceston at The Tramsheds: Friday 19 October, 9am–12 noon.


A registration fee of $15 (gst inclusive) per person will apply.


Please read the full terms and conditions for cancellations.

We understand it’s difficult to attend a WorkSafe Month event if you’re in a regional area. So our Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisors will be on Flinders Island to discuss (in confidence) the best way to implement new safety and wellbeing practices in your business. Whether you’re starting out or want to change your existing policies and procedures, our Advisors will give you the tools and information you need.

WorkSafe and Beyondblue will host a forum on the Island with Lindsay Morgan, who will talk about his struggle with depression.

When and where

Wednesday 17 October, 1:30-3:00pm

Furneaux Arts & Entertainment Centre


Register for this event or call 1300 366 322 (inside Tasmania) or (03) 6166 4600 (outside Tasmania)

Read more about our Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisors.

Future work and HSRs – What will the challenges be for representatives?

Presented by Unions Tasmania in conjunction with WorkSafe Tasmania, these free forums (breakfast provided) are an opportunity for HSRs from across industry to meet, network and learn in an informal setting. In line with the Month's ‘Future of Work, Future Challenges’ theme, guest speakers will discuss the contemporary challenges facing HSRs in an ever evolving workplace environment.


  • Best Western Plus, 3 Earl Street
  • Monday 15 October
  • 7.15am for a 7.30am start, concluding at 9.30am


  • Unions Tasmania, 212 Liverpool Street
  • Wednesday 24 October
  • 7.15am for a 7.30am start, concluding at 9.30am

To register email or phone 03 6216 7600.


The theme of the 2018 WorkSafe Conference is ‘Future Work, Future Challenges’.

Featuring keynote and workshop sessions with leading experts across industries, sectors and educational institutions, the conference will examine key trends (known as ‘megatrends’) and innovations, and their impact on health, safety and wellbeing. It will also help employers prepare for these changes and achieve better health, safety and wellbeing outcomes.

The 2018 WorkSafe Conference is a fantastic opportunity to connect with peers, gain invaluable insights and establish new professional connections.


The conference will feature the 2018 WorkSafe Awards cocktail presentation event. Held every two years, the WorkSafe Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Tasmanian workplaces and individuals who lead the way in raising the standards of work health and safety, health and wellbeing, and return to work.

The Awards promote and encourage innovation and excellence in these areas and can help drive positive change in the Tasmanian community and better work, health and safety outcomes. The Awards also reinforce the message that safe business is good business, with less injury and illness helping improve overall performance and productivity.


Conference: Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October

Awards: Monday 22 October


Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.


Register your attendance and find further information at

WorkSafe Month will conclude with this fun community event. Active Strahan and WorkSafe are hosting another chance to enjoy exercising with your family and friends in our great outdoors.


Saturday 3 November


Register and find further information at the Active Strahan website.

Through October, Safe Work Australia will broadcast free online seminars showcasing the latest thinking, research, developments and best practice in WHS. Watch these at the Safe Work Australia website.

Please read the events listed on this page for links to follow or numbers to call to register.

Event times, venues and rooms are correct at the time of publishing. WorkSafe Tasmania reserves the right to alter schedules as necessary without notice. Please check this website for event updates.

WorkSafe Tasmania will notify you by email and text message if an event is cancelled. Please provide correct contact information at the time of registration.

For assistance:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points can be gained by the electrical, plumbing, gas fitting and building industries during WorkSafe Month:

To claim points you MUST submit your details by visiting the registration desk at these events.

Terms and conditions

General Terms and Conditions


  1. These general terms and conditions together with any specific terms, conditions and rules set out below for each competition comprise the terms and conditions for each Competition (“Terms and Conditions”).
  2. By entering a WorkSafe Month 2018 competition (a “Competition”) entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  3. In the event of any dispute regarding these Terms and Conditions, the conduct of any party (including any entrant to a Competition), the results of any Competition and all other matters relating to any Competition, the decision of the Promoter will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  4. By entering a Competition, entrants warrant that all information submitted by them to the Promoter is true, current and complete.
  5. Employees, immediate family of employees, sponsors and immediate family of sponsors of the Promoter are not eligible to enter any Competition. Employees of a sponsor of any Competition are not eligible to enter the Competition sponsored by that sponsor.


  1. All Competition entries (“Entry” or “Entries”) become the property of the Promoter.
  2. Entries that do not comply with these Terms and Conditions will not be accepted and will be deemed ineligible.
  3. Entries must be made in the manner and by the closing date specified in these Terms and Conditions.
  4. Entries must comply with all applicable laws and must not contain any material that is deemed by the Promoter to be offensive or defamatory.
  5. Incomplete, ineligible or incomprehensible Entries will not be accepted and will be deemed ineligible.
  6. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, corrupted or misdirected Entries.
  7. The Promoter reserves the right to, at any time, verify the validity of any Entry and the eligibility of any entrant and to disqualify any entrant who submits an Entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who tampers with the Entry process. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

Cancellation or suspension of Competitions

  1. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend a Competition (including the terms and conditions of any Competition) at any time without prior notice.
  2. Without limiting the operation of any other provision in these Terms and Conditions, if any Competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel each, all or any combination of the Competitions, as appropriate.


  1. Competition winner(s) will be published on the WorkSafe Tasmania website and in the WorkSafe Tasmania Workplace Issues magazine.
  2. As a condition of accepting the prize, each winner must sign any legal documentation as and in the form required by the Promoter and/or prize sponsor in their absolute discretion, including but not limited to a legal release and indemnity form. In the event a winner is under the age of 18, a nominated parent/legal guardian of such person will be required to sign the legal documentation required under this clause on their behalf.
  3. By entering a competition, entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting each, all or any combination of the Competitions (including any outcome), and promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter.


  1. Each Competition prize must be taken as offered and is not exchangeable, transferable, redeemable for cash or for resale. Each prize is subject to availability and if any the prize (or part of any the prize) is unavailable, the Promoter, in its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize (or that part of the prize) with a prize to the equal value and/or specification.
  2. If for any reason a winner does not redeem a the prize (or an element of the prize) by any time period stipulated by the Promoter or if the winner cannot be contacted by the Promoter using the contact details supplied by the winner in their entry form, then the prize (or that element of the prize) will be forfeited.
  3. The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained, as a result of accepting and/or using any prize except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
  4. To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter makes no representations or warranties as to the quality, suitability or merchantability of any prize. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not liable for any loss suffered to any prize winner by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by the Promoter or its employees or agents, in connection with the arrangement for the supply, or the supply, of goods to that prize winner.


  1. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) or similar consumer protection laws in the State and Territories of Australia applicable to each Competition ("Non-Excludable Guarantees"). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of or in connection with any Competition.
  2. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) are not responsible for and exclude all liability (including liability for negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter's control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any Entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use/taking of any prize.

Personal Information

  1. The Promoter collects personal information, as that term is defined in the Personal Information Protection Act 2004 (Tas) in order to conduct each Competition and may, for this purpose, disclose such information to third parties.  Entry is conditional on providing this information. Entrants should direct any requests to access update or correct information to The Promoter.

    The Promoter

  2. The promoter is the Crown in Right of Tasmania represented by the Department of Justice (Worksafe Tasmania) (“Worksafe Tasmania”).  WorkSafe Tasmania can be contacted on 03 6166 4600 (outside Tasmania), 1300 366 322 (inside Tasmania). Fax: 03 6233 8338. Email: or via PO Box 56, Rosny Park, Tasmania, 7018.

Effective Risk Management Workshop Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The Effective Risk Management Workshop Competition will be conducted at each Effective Risk Management Workshop between 8 October 2018 to 19 October 2018.


  2. A prize will be drawn at the conclusion of each Effective Risk Management Workshop.
  3. The prize is a $50 gift card from a local PPE supplier.

How to enter

  1. To be eligible, entrants must:
    • attend the Effective Risk Management Workshop they registered to attend between 8 October 2018 to 19 October 2018;
    • collect a competition ticket from a WorkSafe Tasmania staff member when they attend the registered Effective Risk Management Workshop;
    • be present at the attended Effective Risk Management Workshop when the lucky door prize is drawn at the conclusion of the Workshop session; and
    • present the winning competition ticket to a WorkSafe Tasmania staff member to redeem the prize.
  2. Entry into the competition is free and entrants may only receive one ticket per workshop attended.

    Selection and Notification of Winner and Special Terms and Conditions

  3. The winner of each prize will be drawn at the conclusion of the Effective Risk Management Workshop.
  4. Each prize winner will be drawn at random by a representative from WorkSafe Tasmania from the eligible entries received.
  5. The winning individual must be present at the time the ticket is drawn.
  6. If the winning individual and ticket is not presented within five minutes of the draw, it will be deemed not accepted and another ticket will be drawn. This will continue until a winner is announced at each of the Effective Risk Management Workshops.

WorkSafe Tasmania may cancel or postpone a WorkSafe Tasmania Month event or activity (‘Event’), entirely at its discretion, with or without prior notice, for any reason whatsoever.

Cancellation or postponement of any Event will not confer upon any person conducting, holding or participating in an Event any right to recover from WorkSafe Tasmania compensation for any losses, costs, expenses, damages or otherwise, whatsoever arising or suffered as a consequence of, or in connection with, the cancellation or postponement of an Event.

Please note

The information prepared for these events has been prepared and supplied in good faith on behalf of the Crown in Right of Tasmania (‘the Crown’) by the Department of Justice as WorkSafe Tasmania and the WorkCover Tasmania Board (‘the Board’).

Although all due care and attention has been taken in preparing and collating the Information neither the Crown nor the Board gives a warranty either express or implied as to the accuracy or completeness of the Information or its relevance to any particular circumstances.

The Information may change or be varied due to facts or requirements of different areas of government or policy issues in existence but not known or apparent to those preparing or collating the Information.

The Crown and the Board and their relevant employees and agents accept no liability (whether by reason of negligence or otherwise) to any person for any damage or loss whatsoever or howsoever arising or suffered as a consequence of the use or reliance on the Information or advice given at these seminars which is used or relied on at that person’s own risk absolutely.

WorkSafe Tasmania values the privacy of every individual’s personal information.

WorkSafe Tasmania is committed to protecting the personal information you provide. The collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information by WorkSafe Tasmania are managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004.

The personal information you provide to us for registration for WorkSafe Tasmania Month will be used to assist WorkSafe Tasmania and/or its agents to facilitate WorkSafe Tasmania Month events and to send to you information about WorkSafe Tasmania. Failure to provide the required personal information may result in an inability to hold or attend a WorkSafe Tasmania Month event.

Subject to use for the purposes detailed in the above paragraph, this paragraph and except if required or allowed by law, all personal information you provide us will remain strictly confidential and will be held at WorkSafe Tasmania, 30 Gordons Hill Road, Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018.

Under no circumstances will your personal information be sold or made available to marketing agencies or similar parties not involved with WorkSafe Tasmania without your express prior consent.

Your personal information may be disclosed to contractors and agents of WorkSafe Tasmania and other State institutions and authorities authorised to collect it.

Personal information for this event can be accessed or amended by contacting WorkSafe Tasmania by email at