If you’re unsure if your item is eligible, please email us.
What can’t I buy?
Items not eligible
GST, freight and insurance costs
the design and manufacture of new safety items or items that you have had designed and manufactured to your specifications. Items must be existing manufactured items that meet relevant standards and available from commercial outlets
purchase of raw materials, for example making shelves from wood, nails, screws
service repairs or maintenance eg. engine and motors
sponsorship arrangements, including funding of events, educational programs or materials, advertising, or consultants
normal business operating expenses, including general business administration, computers and software, ergonomic furniture (items such as chairs, keyboard and mouse), housekeeping, amenities, assets/equipment, repairs, maintenance, servicing
normal safety requirements including licensing, certification, fines, testing and auditing services, return-to-work, rehabilitation, counselling or vaccination services
training fees or courses – training needs to be reinforced with safety tools eg knowledge of manual handling needs to be supported with the right manual handling equipment or modifications to the work environment in order to have greatest impact on injuries
personal protective equipment (PPE) – for the majority of risks, PPE is deemed to be the lowest control, and funds should not subsidise perishable items eg sun creams, disposable gloves, vests, etc. PPE items are not presently covered in current rebate programs
non-tangible items – safety solutions need to have a direct impact on safety, and clear eligibility criteria in order to approve and process rebate payments
backdated improvements made prior to attending an eligible SafeWork NSW safety event
domestic, recreational or social products or equipment including items for home-based businesses that may be deemed as being used for domestic/household purposes or contributing to the value of residential assets.
items and services that are not purchased from a registered business ABN/ACN/BRN and do not meet all relevant standards, approvals, local government and legislative requirements.
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. If you attended a webinar, attach your certificate of attendance.
your business details including ABN, trading name, business bank account and workers compensation policy number (if applicable).
Not as a result of receiving the rebate. The rebate is given out to help you adopt solutions to address high risk safety problems in your workplace.
An Inspector might visit if there are concerns an item has not been installed or we need to check the item is being used as intended eg. machine guards.
Things to keep in mind
the rebate is for a maximum of $500. For example, if you have a solution that totals $250 then you will receive $250 or, if you have one or many (different) eligible solutions that total $2,800 you will receive $500.
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)