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Small business rebate

The rebate provides up to $500 to small business owners and sole traders in NSW who buy and install equipment to make their workplace safer.

Changes have been made to support small business and sole traders in NSW that have recently been impacted by a natural disaster, state of emergency or COVID-19

  1. Any sole trader or small business owner that has completed an eligible event with SafeWork after 1 August 2019 has 12 months to apply for the rebate.
  2. New workplace hygiene items are also eligible. Please check “What can I buy? – Hygiene products” below for more information.

Before you apply

You need to:

  1. check the terms and conditions to make sure you are eligible
  2. attend a free eligible event or arrange a free advisory visit from a SafeWork NSW officer
  3. buy and install eligible safety items to address a safety problem in your workplace.

Watch this short video on how to claim the $500 small business rebate

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible?

If you meet all the following criteria, you’re eligible to apply for a small business rebate:

Details of who is not eligible can be found in the terms and conditions.

How do I apply?

Within 12 months of attending the advisory visit, safety workshop, program or event, you must:

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

What can I buy?

Hygiene items


Temporarily eligible to support business hygiene measures during COVID-19.

*limit of 5 per application


If you’re unsure if your item is eligible, please email us.

What can’t I buy?

Items not eligible

What do I need to complete my application?

Read the terms and conditions for more information.

If I apply. Will an Inspector visit my workplace?

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

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