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Augusta Zadow Awards

Award winners for the 2019 have been announced.

The Augusta Zadow Awards

In the 1800s Augusta Zadow fought for the work health and safety rights of women and young workers that today we take for granted. Find out more about the pioneering work of Augusta Zadow.

If you would like to carry on Augusta's work and have an idea, project or research that would positively impact on women and young people's safety at work then we would like to hear from you.

2019 Award winners

Cassandra Deon-Wierda, Working Women’s Centre - $10,000

Hair and beauty professionals have regular and unique interactions with clients and are highly likely to encounter clients experiencing violence. Cassandra’s project 'Responding to client disclosures: Training for Hairdressers in recognising and responding to domestic and family violence’ will provide the tools and education to hair and beauty professionals based in areas with high incidents of domestic and family related crimes so they have the skills necessary to engage in client disclosures.

Georgia Thain, Sex Industry Network Incorporated (SIN) - $10,000

The South Australian sex work industry could be transformed through legislative change. If this occurs, the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) will apply to the industry and duty holders will need to operate in accordance with the Act to ensure health and safety of workers and workplaces.

Georgia's project titled 'Work Health and Safety in the Sex Industry of South Australia: Beyond Criminalisation’, will undertake research within the industry to understand specific health and safety issues and document health and safety policy and practice applicable to the South Australian sector.

Application process

Applications have closed for the 2019 awards.

Selection criteria

Successful projects will:

  • address a work health and safety issue faced by women or young people at work, and/or
  • significantly improve health and safety for women or young people at work through research or further education.

See how our previous award winners have helped improve the health and safety of women and young people working in South Australia.

Award proposal

Your proposal, of no more than 1500 words, must provide details about your project.

Be sure to cover:

  • who it will benefit and how
  • who will be involved in delivering the project
  • where will it be undertaken and why
  • key milestones and dates
  • anticipated costs
  • confirmation that you meet the eligibility requirements
  • three referees
  • any other information that supports your proposal.

proposal template is available to help you. You should also read and understand our  terms and conditions.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must be:

  • a permanent resident of South Australia
  • able to start the project, research or study in 2019.

The education, study or research can be undertaken in Australia or overseas. 

Submitting applications

Award applications must be submitted, together with all supporting material, by 9am Monday 19 August 2019.

Award applications can be submitted:

By mail:

SafeWork SA
Augusta Zadow Awards
Att: Communications Manager
GPO Box 465

In person:

SafeWork SA
Customer Service Centre
Level 4, 33 Richmond Road


media.safework [at]

Assessment process

A panel will review your submission with short-listed candidates invited to present to the panel.

Grant recipients

Grant recipients will be announced at the Augusta Zadow Award Ceremony in October.

Recipients will be required to:

  • sign a contract
  • provide a progress report
  • provide a final report on the outcomes of the project
  • make a commitment to promote the outcomes of the project.

Augusta ZadowAugusta Zadow

27 August 1846 - 7 July 1896

Augusta Zadow was an advocate for women's rights in the workplace and became South Australia's 'First Lady Inspector of Factories' in 1895. She was a woman ahead of her time, with many of the working conditions women enjoy today attributable to her advocacy.

She became an advocate for women working in clothing factories and was a major contributor to the establishment of the Working Women's Trades Union in 1890 and was a delegate to the United Trades and Labour Council of South Australia.

An outspoken supporter of women's suffrage, following the franchise of women in South Australia in 1894 she was appointed as a factory inspector to monitor working conditions for women and children.

Augusta is buried in the West Terrace Cemetery. Her gravestone was built with 1,000 threepenny subscriptions from factory workers.

In recognition of her work, SafeWork SA's Augusta Zadow Awards can help you meet the costs of a work health and safety initiative that benefits working women, research or further education.

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