Category four - Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance

This award recognises an organisation that has made a significant demonstrated improvement to its work health and safety performance. This may include making changes that have improved risk management, safety systems, injury prevention and/or safety culture.

Don't forget! Check criteria for category six (Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety) and keep these in mind when you’re preparing your entry. Finalists for category six will be nominated by the judging panels for categories one to five, with all entries that demonstrate strong leadership in work health and safety eligible for nomination.

View the category four example entry. (PDF, 518.01 KB)

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Entry criteria

(Note: This information is in the online entry form)

  Entry criteria Use these questions to help write your response
(Handy hint - they correspond to each judging criteria)

What was the work health and safety issue and how did you address it?

What was the issue, and how did you know it was an issue (i.e. injuries, lost productivity, feedback, complaints)?

What changes did you make to address the issue (what did the changes entail and how they work—include photos or videos if possible)?


How did your organisation go about implementing the changes?

List the people involved (workers, management, suppliers, etc.) and their roles in developing and implementing the changes.

Discuss some of your challenges or barriers and how you overcame them (business size, resources, geography).

Do the changes impact on your health and safety systems? Explain how.

Do the changes impact on your supply chain? Explain how.

How are you monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the changes?


Explain how the changes have improved work health and safety. How have you ensured this improvement will be sustained?

Explain why the changes represent a significant improvement.

Provide evidence to demonstrate the improvements (i.e. positive indicators and/or preventative workplace activities) such as risk assessments completed, safety observations, audits, lagging indicators such as claims and incident/injury data, and other work health and safety performance reporting information.

Explain how the changes have been absorbed into the organisation’s safety management system. Considerations may include, but are not limited to: demonstrated management commitment, consultation processes with all employers, training and supervision, safe work procedures and risk management processes, and safety reporting.

Last updated
18 October 2017