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Following two successful rounds of funding in 2013, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is offering more grants for Queensland workplaces to improve worker health and wellbeing.

From March, Queensland workplaces can apply for up to $1.4 million in grant funding to create a healthy workplace where workers are encouraged to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours.

The grants are part of the Workplaces for Wellness Funding Program and provide support to workplaces in the implementation of health and wellbeing initiatives that address one or more of the SNAPO (smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity, overweight) risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Three funding categories are available:

  • Seed funding up to $10,000 will assist workplaces looking to start a workplace health and wellbeing program to undertake a needs assessment or awareness raising strategies.
  • Improvement funding up to $20,000 provides support for workplaces looking to implement a best practice health and wellbeing program by improving existing strategies.
  • High-risk Industry funding up to $40,000 provides dedicated support to projects that highlight effective approaches of responding to barriers and challenges that are specific to industries that have an identified higher prevalence of chronic disease risk factors. This is available to high-risk workplaces, industry associations and not-for-profit organisations in the: building and construction industry, transport and storage industry, agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry, mining and resource sector industries in rural and remote Queensland.

Leading Safer Healthier Workplaces forums

Have your best chance of receiving grant funding by attending one of the regional Leading Safer Healthier Workplaces forums.

The forums will look at the role of active leadership in a healthy workplace culture, examples of successful healthy worker initiatives, the key work health and safety risks and drivers for taking on healthy worker initiatives, as well providing an overview of how to apply for grant funding as well as the tools and resources that can help you implement programs in your own workplace.

Note: WHSQ has previously delivered two rounds of funding, awarding 43 grants for workplace health and wellbeing initiatives in approximately 576 worksites across Queensland, reaching at least 33,000 workers.

More information

Visit the WHSQ website for more information on eligibility for funding categories and how to apply.

To register for the Leading Safer Healthier Workplaces regional forums, visit the WHSQ website.

Last updated
30 June 2015


Published: 03 Mar 2014
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