2019 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards


Submissions are now open

The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia.

Submissions are now open to individuals, associations, partnerships, companies and other organisations operating within the jurisdiction of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS). DMIRS strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would appreciate you informing your colleagues and contacts of the awards.

For the purpose of these awards, “innovation” is broadly defined as either a new initiative or an original solution to a specific health and safety problem.

The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards is an amalgamation and replacement of the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards and the Work Safety Awards.

Who should enter the awards?

Entries are welcome from individuals, groups and organisations in all industries and workplaces operating within the jurisdiction of DMIRS, no matter how small the contribution has been.

There is no limit to the number of nominations a company can submit, however the same nominations cannot be submitted under more than one category.

Why enter the awards?

Winners of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards set an example to industry of innovation, achievements in workplace health and safety and excellence. They will have the opportunity to share their experiences with government, industry and the community.

The award recipients will be able to use the award logo and advertise their achievements. Most importantly, businesses will highlight their respect for their staff and the community in which they operate, and the broader Western Australian community.

DMIRS will actively promote the winners.

What to remember when preparing your submission
  • Include a brief description of the operation/project/partnership;
  • Keep your answers succinct and to the point – make use of dot points where possible, include tables and graphs as supporting evidence;
  • Clearly address each criteria – it may help to use the STAR system – Situation, Task, Activities, Results;
  • Your submission should show why your project stands apart from other operations/projects; and
  • Include at least four high resolution photographs and your company logo for publicity purposes, and any graphs, tables, testimonials, etc that best demonstrate the main initiatives and results of your project that are relevant.

All submissions must first pass through a screening process to ensure they are relevant to the specific criteria.

What are the key dates?

4 April 2019: Nominations open
7 June 2019: Entries close
August 2019: Finalists notified
2 October 2019: Winners announced at awards ceremony

How do I enter?

Step one

Check that you are eligible to enter the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards. Read through the terms and conditions of entry.

Step two

Select an award category; nominate the category which best suits. This may include whether you are a small to medium organisation or a large organisation.

Small to medium organisation is defined as an actively trading business with 199 employees or less.

Large organisation is defined as an actively trading business with 200 employees or more. 

Read through the judging criteria to find out what you need to include in your submission.

For more information contact safetyawards@dmirs.wa.gov.au or email 1300 307 877

Please note the same nominations cannot be submitted under more than one category. However, the award judges may at their discretion amend the category under which a nomination is considered.

Step three

Use the online form to complete the process. All entries must be submitted by 5.00pm Friday 7 June 2019.

For promotional purposes, include in your submission a:

  • copy of your organisation’s logo;
  • four high resolution photographs representing your submission;
  • 200 word summary of your submission for use in DMIRS publications and website.

Should you be selected as a finalist, you may be required to provide additional high resolution images to be used in DMIRS publications.

If you experience any problems with the nomination form please contact safetyawards@dmirs.wa.gov.au or 1300 307 877

What is the assessment and judging process?

Preliminary judging round

  • The preliminary judging round will be undertaken in June 2019.
  • All entries will be assessed by the judging panel based on the information provided in the submission.
  • A shortlist of finalists will be compiled and those entries will proceed to the final judging round as finalists.
  • All finalists will be notified in August 2019.
  • Judges decisions are final and no further correspondence will be undertaken.

Final judging round

  • In the final judging round, a panel of experts will assess the submissions based on the information provided.
  • Those being considered for an award may be required to participate in an interview and may need to be involved in a site validation.
  • Judges decisions are final and no further correspondence will be undertaken.
Award categories
  • Work health and safety invention of the year – recognises development of plant / equipment engineering and/or infrastructure to enhance health and safety.
  • Best solution to a work health and safety risk – recognises innovation, implementation and/or design of systems or procedures to improve health and safety.
  • Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative – recognises an organisations commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce.
  • Leadership excellence award –recognises an organisations excellence in leadership in improving health and safety in the workplace.
  • Safety and health representative of the year – recognises an elected safety and health representative who has made a significant contribution and demonstrable difference to safety and health in the workplace.
Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions of entry apply to all entrants in all categories for the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, Western Australia.

  1. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) will administer the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.
  2. Entry for the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards is open to individuals, associations, partnerships, companies and other organisations operating within the jurisdiction of the Department.  The Department reserves the right to either allow or disallow any entrant for any reason as its complete discretion.
  3. Entries must be received by 5.00 pm 7 June 2019.  For reasons of fairness late applications will not be accepted.
  4. By submitting an entry, entrants shall be taken to have acknowledged and accepted these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them.
  5. Entries dealing with scientific, medical or technical achievements should be accompanied by a summary in plain English or layman terms.
  6. Judges will have complete discretion in assessing entries, applying the judging criteria, conditions of entry and determining the awards.
  7. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  8. The assessment, conduct and results of the awards will not create any legal obligations between entrants and the Department, the Crown in right of Western Australia.
  9. The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards judging panel reserves the right not to allocate winners in a particular category.
  10. Persons, sole traders or organisations submitting an entry to the awards must have all insurance/levies required by law, or otherwise appropriate, for the conduct of their day-to-day activities (such as workers’ compensation).
  11. No responsibility is taken for any loss or damage to entries.
  12. Entries and supporting material will not be returned to entrants.
  13. Submissions must be an original idea and not simply a purchased solution within Australia or internationally.
  14. Each entrant guarantees that its entry, including any designs and/or inventions, is the entrant’s original work.  It must not infringe on any intellectual property rights including patents, copyright, industrial design rights, trademarks and trade secrets, of another company or person. 
  15. By entering the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards each entrant guarantees that all information in its entry is true, accurate and complete.  Entrants may be requested to provide further evidence to substantiate their entries and, if so requested, such evidence must be provided within the stipulated timeframe. Any information provided which, in the view of the judging panel, is misleading or deceptive in any way will result in disqualification.
  16. Winning an award does not signify endorsement of a particular product or a particular health and safety practice by the Department.
  17. The Department reserves the right to decline, to accept or to disqualify an entry, at its absolute discretion, including by not limited to situations in which the entrant, or a related person or organisation, has breached or is under investigation for possible breaches of occupational safety and health laws whether or not a prosecution is pending, or where the acceptance of the entry may otherwise be detrimental to the objectives of the Western Australia awards scheme.
  18. All entrants agree to allow officers of the Department to enter and inspect premises that are the subject of, or related to, an entry for the purposes of verifying the entry.
  19. The Department will ensure that there is no disclosure to any third party of any information provided by an entrant and marked ‘confidential’, except with the prior consent of that entrant or where such a disclosure is authorised or required by law.
  20. All entrants authorise, subject to receipt of prior written notification, the Department to use the information contained in entries (other than confidential information) for any purposes it sees fit including, but not necessarily limited to, promotional purposes.
  21. Subject to proper acknowledgement being given to the relevant entrant, all entrants authorise the Department to publish details of their entry, including but not limited to contact names, phone numbers and photos.  The Department will not use the personal information of entrants for any other purpose without consent of the entrant, or unless authorised or required to do so by law.
  22. Entrants acknowledge that they may be required for presentations and media interviews in respect of their entry and agree to take all reasonable steps to make themselves available for, and actively participate in, such presentations or media interviews.
  23. Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards winners are not eligible to enter these awards with the same initiative/solution/contribution for three years.
  24. The Department, the Crown in right of Western Australia and the officers, employees and agents of all the preceding do not accept any liability, however arising, including liability for negligence, for any accident, loss, injury or damage arising at any time out of or in connection with the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards or except for any liability that cannot, by law, be excluded.
  25. Entrants who breach any of these ‘conditions of entry’ are subject to disqualification.