Sponsorship for workplace health and safety and consumer protection

If you have a work health and safety (WHS) or consumer rights activity or event that would benefit the NSW community but need some help bringing it to life, our sponsorship program could help.

Last updated: 19 November 2021


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Key information

  • Sponsorship from $2,000 to $25,000
  • Applications for round 1 are now closed
  • Events or activities must take place between 1 January - 30 June 2022 (COVID restrictions permitting)

Program objective

This program provides sponsorship funding between $2,000 and $25,000 to help fund activities and events that:

  • increase awareness of consumer rights and improve consumer protection, or
  • reduce risk of harm in the workplace, and raise awareness of workplace health and safety issues.

Eligibility

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit and non-government organisations 
  • Local councils
  • Industry associations

You must be based in NSW, or provide services in NSW. 

Who can't apply?

  • Businesses or anyone operating for financial gain.
  • Investment trusts, managed funds, strata title schemes.

You also cannot apply if your organisation:

  • has already received sponsorship funding from another government agency for this activity/event
  • is currently under investigation by the NSW Government, or subject to  compliance or enforcement action
  • is not financially viable and/or is pending insolvency at the time of application.

What kind of activities will be sponsored?

There are many events or activities we will help fund. A few examples include:

  • the development of industry information, guidance or programs
  • the development of a workplace health and safety or industry-specific app
  • training on how to create a safe workplace for young workers 
  • seminars on how to prevent bullying
  • a stall at a community event with resources about your rights with refunds, laybys and returns
  • in-language resources for community groups about the latest scams
  • events and activities, for example, sponsored awards and award events, that share harm prevention knowledge, experience and innovation.

What your application needs to include

In your application, you will be asked to provide information about your activity/event. 

This includes how the activity/event meets the eligibility criteria, who will be involved, and proposed budget details.

To begin your application, you will need:

  • an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • organisation bank account details (to deposit sponsorship funds)
  • the names of any co-sponsors of the proposed event/activity (if applicable)
  • the start and end dates of each proposed activity/event 
  • the name of the event venue (if applicable)
  • a simple breakdown of event/activity costs.
Address eligibility criteria

To be eligible, your application must demonstrate how the event/activity will:

  • increase awareness of consumer rights and improve consumer protection, or
  • reduce risk of harm in the workplace, and raise awareness of workplace health and safety issues
  • be value for money.

The intent of this program is to benefit the NSW community through education and awareness, therefore your application cannot include requests for funding that will:

  • pay for general business expenses including maintenance, repairs, salaries, housekeeping, cleaning, personal tools, and equipment 
  • pay for enforcement or compliance costs, such as penalties and fines, licences and fees, insurance premiums, return-to-work, rehabilitation, counselling or vaccination programs
  • pay for your organisation to meet its minimum requirements under workplace health and safety or consumer protection laws (e.g. outsourcing any training you would normally provide staff as part of their onboarding)
  • pay for professional services including memberships
  • pay for research or scholarship programs
  • pay for advertising or anything else that helps you sell your product or service (e.g. competitive advantage) 
  • pay for activities for which other Commonwealth, state or territory government bodies have primary responsibility.
Use the checklist

Before submitting an application, check that you have:

  • answered all the questions
  • explained how your activity/event addresses the eligibility criteria
  • supplied any supporting documentation.

Start your application

Applications for round 1 of the sponsorship program are now closed. 

Round 2 will open in 2022.

 


What happens after submission

This section outlines what to expect when you submit an application.

Review application

We will review your application to check it meets the eligibility criteria.

We may contact you to seek clarification or supporting information.

The review period will take up to 6 weeks.

Outcome advised

You will receive an email with the outcome of your application. 

If your application is successful, you will receive information on the next steps to receive funding.

If your application is unsuccessful, you have the opportunity to seek feedback.

Sponsorship

We will contact you to discuss the details of your activity. Then we will ask you for a tax invoice for the event/activity. This will be paid to your nominated bank account within 20 business days.

Note: After the completion of a sponsored activity, you need to complete an acquittal report within 6 weeks of that date. 

Questions

This sponsorship program is administered by the Better Regulation Division of the Department of Customer Service.

Contact us for more information about eligibility criteria, timeframes, or questions about the application process.

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