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Research and statistics

We are focussed on helping South Australian workplaces with practical advice and support with two separate business functions. The first is home to our inspectors, who enforce compliance with the state's work health and safety laws. The second business area is resourced with WHS and industry advisors, who have no regulatory powers, who support workplaces with practical advice and face-to-face to help people better manage their health and safety risks.

We're committed to initiatives that deliver safe workplaces so we support research initiatives and projects further to the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-22 (PDF 1290kb) by funding Safe Work Australia. Academic institutions and researchers should contact Safe Work Australia to learn more about their research program by calling 1300 551 832 or via email

We're also working with Safe Work Australia and ReturnToWorkSA to improve access to work injury and compensation data and statistics for research projects. Safe Work Australia provides the latest national workers compensation statistics while ReturnToWorkSA holds work injury data specific to South Australia. Within our online catalogue is a host of research that you may also find useful in developing better ways of working safely.

We also have our own Augusta Zadow Award that provides $20 000 each year to improve the health and safety of women working in South Australia. This can be via an initiative to resolve an identified safety issue, conducting research or studying.