Sponsorship for workplace health and safety and consumer protection
Do you have a great work health and safety (WHS) or consumer protection initiative that would benefit the NSW community but need some help bringing it to life? Our sponsorship program could help.
Please read our common questions and the information below to better understand the requirements to receive sponsorship funding.
- Sponsorship from $2,000 to $25,000
- Applications for round two are now closed
- Watch this space for the next round opening in August/September for initiatives that take place between 1 January 2023 - 30 June 2023.
This sponsorship program is administered by the Better Regulation Division (BRD) within the Department of Customer Service (DCS) and is responsible for whole of government regulatory reform programs.
The BRD sponsorship program aims to create mutually beneficial relationships with organisations by providing sponsorship funding for initiatives that align with SafeWork NSW or NSW Fair Trading key action areas and focuses on:
- improving and raising awareness of work health and safety, and reducing serious injuries, illness, and fatalities in NSW workplaces
- improving and raising awareness of consumer protection, and promoting a fair marketplace, and rights and responsibilities for consumers and traders.
(your initiative can align to either one or both of the focus areas above)
Key Action Areas
Your application must outline how your initiative aligns with the key action areas of either SafeWork NSW or NSW Fair Trading.
Work Health and Safety - SafeWork NSW Roadmap
Action Area 1 - embed the “Health and Safety Landscape” – Activities (page 11)
Action Area 2 - focus on key priority areas – Activities (page 13)
Consumer Protection - Fair Trading Roadmap
Strategy on a Page (page 3)
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 commercial or financial gain.
- Investment trusts, managed funds, strata title schemes.
What initiatives will be sponsored?
There are many initiatives we will help fund. A few examples include:
- the development of industry information, guidance or programs
- the development of a work 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. This initiative has a minimum requirement which includes:
- BRD representative/s being a member/s of the judging panel and/or judging the sponsored award category and /or
- BRD representative presenting the award and
- BRD rights to promote/market award before, during and after the event, distribution of BRD promotional item/material to guests before, during and after the event.
What initiatives won’t be sponsored?
The intent of this program is to benefit the NSW community through education and awareness; therefore your application cannot include requests for funding that are:
- activities that are not aligned to the BRD agency Roadmaps and its priorities
- products and services that are produced for the purposes of a commercial gain
- workplace and consumer protection obligations that would be reasonably deemed to be the responsibility of an organisation e.g. while preventative education or training may be considered as part of sponsorship activities, it is not the intention of the program for organisations to out-source their training responsibilities to be funded by BRD
- activities for which government bodies have primary responsibility. This includes normal requests for service (RFS) that are part of business-as-usual, such as Inspectors attending workplace advisory visits, verification programs, staff delivering public presentations or webinars, BRD speakers at local meetings; only related resources that are part of the sponsorship agreement will be noted and reported
- developing, promoting, or providing unfair competitive advantage to any commercial item, product, or service, or purchasing or selling goods or services for value, including advertising space, editorial comment, or advertorials
- to pass on funding to a third party in the form of a sponsorship or grant
- the covering of retrospective costs, or costs incurred in the preparation of a sponsorship application or related documentation
- advertising related exclusively to an organisation
- recurring, infrastructure or capital expenditure, or operational costs (e.g. permanent staffing salaries)
- funding in relation to enforcement activity or compliance e.g. for penalties, licences, fees, certification, fines, premiums, return-to-work, rehabilitation, counselling or vaccination programs or equipment and/or diagnostic, testing or auditing services (including consultants)
- funding of research
- contributions to external organisations, including, but not limited to, BRD contributions to national governmental priorities and professional memberships
- funding scholarship programs
- standalone travel, accommodation, meals costs and other associated costs that do not form part of the approved BRD sponsorship agreement
- general business e.g. computer or software systems, repairs, maintenance, salaries, housekeeping, cleaning, personal tools, and equipment
- activities that may be deemed to provide individual personal health equipment or services e.g. cosmetic, gym equipment, health practitioners services
- the design or manufacture of new items, leased or purchased items through a payment plan, owner-built items, items that have been designed and manufactured to an applicant’s specifications, purchase of raw materials or second-hand items, service repairs or maintenance or any improvement to residential premises
- endorsements, ex-gratia payments, donations, philanthropic gestures, bequests, or gifts, which impose no obligations on the receiver and offer little or no return to BRD
- activities that could damage or compromise, or be perceived to damage or compromise, BRD's reputation, operations, or ability to exercise its role impartially on behalf of the community, or to diminish public confidence, as determined by BRD
- activities that do not meet all relevant standards, approvals, and government legislative requirements
- activities that include recreational, entertainment or social purposes (e.g. where an event is proposed to be held in an amusement park and sponsorship is being sought to cover the cost of free rides for attendees).
Why we cannot sponsor everyone
It is important to note that sponsorship applications may meet the eligibility and assessment criteria but may not be funded. This is because BRD receives many requests for sponsorship, and it may not be possible to support all of them. All sponsorship applications will be assessed in a consistent and transparent manner and ranked by merit.
An organisation that receives a sponsorship arrangement in one round is not guaranteed to be approved for the same activity in a future round. Nor does it mean that an application denied in one round will be denied in future rounds. The sponsorship decisions made by BRD are final.
How we assess
Applications for sponsorship will be considered for eligible initiatives that can deliver against the program’s assessment criteria.
To be eligible, your application must demonstrate how your initiative:
1. Aligns broadly to one or more of the BRD agency Roadmaps and their priorities
- Clearly identify which BRD activities your initiative aligns with
- Demonstrate the steps you will take to help BRD achieve its priorities or outcomes
- If applicable, explain how you plan to achieve any other work health and safety and/or consumer protection objectives for your organisation and/or the community
- Ensure as part of your application, that when aligning with either (or both) Roadmaps, you have demonstrated how you intend to contribute to:
- Reducing the risk of harms in the workplace or improves consumer protection
- Increasing awareness for issues around Work Health and Safety or Consumer Protection
2. Provides value for money and is a good use of government funds
- Exceeds or equals the cost of undertaking the sponsorship
- Demonstrates sufficient effort has been made to promote the initiative
- Outlines the cost of each activity with a clear explanation of the benefit realised.
3. Includes BRD involvement
BRD sponsors a wide variety of initiatives, in exchange for agreed mutual sponsorship benefits. The benefits for BRD as a sponsor include but is not limited to, how well your initiative aligns with the Roadmap priorities in relation to the funds provided.
There must also be in-kind opportunities for BRD’s involvement, which include but is not limited to:
- enhancing organisational image and reputation
- branding and profile-raising opportunities beyond logo recognition
- ability to be included in high profile media/advertising
- participation, displays or onsite presence at events
- complementary tickets and promotional giveaways to be used at the discretion of BRD for the benefit of the community
- provide mechanisms for BRD to reach and engage a large audience
- being a member on a judging panel for an awards night
- BRD representative presenting the award
- speaking engagements at events/award night
- support content development eg. Video, webinar, podcast content
4. Demonstrates benefits for the NSW Community
- Targets a specific industry problem that can benefit a broader audience
- Builds and strengthens relationships and networks
- Provides a tangible output or outcome
- Improves and focuses on regional support/engagement
- Builds relationships in targeted community areas, focusing on Aboriginal, CALD , Disability and Youth
What your application needs to include
In your application, you will be asked to provide information about your initiative. This includes how the initiative meets the above assessment criteria, including alignment to Roadmap action activities, as well as who will be involved, and proposed budget details etc
To begin your application, you will need:
- an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- the names of any co-sponsors and the component they will fund (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.
- to provide a liquor licence number, if applicable
Before applying check that:
- Your proposed initiative complies with the program’s terms and conditions
- You understand your acquittal reporting responsibility
- You have provided sufficient information for all criteria including how your initiative aligns with either Work Health and Safety or Consumer Protection Roadmap priorities so an assessor can make an informed decision
- Your organisation meets the current COVID business rules
- You have shown how your initiative demonstrates mutual benefit for BRD
- You have supplied all supporting documentation (as required).
Start your application
Applications are now closed.
What happens after submission
Sponsorship proposals take time to consider. Thorough sponsorship assessment ensures sponsorships are planned for the benefit of both the sponsored organisation, BRD and the wider community.
Once your application is submitted you will receive an automatic email confirming this. The below table outlines what to expect after the sponsorship round closes and the eight-week assessment period starts.
How long before I know the outcome of my application
Week 1 - 4 - Compliance, eligibility & merit assessments conducted
Week 5 - Application processing
Week 6 - Governance Committee endorses eligible applicants
Week 7 - BRD Deputy Secretary approval
Week 8 - Applicants are notified of assessment outcome and provided with Award Agreement
Week 8-9 - Applicants sign a formal agreement and return a tax invoice for payment.
What happens if my application is successful?
An email is sent congratulating you for being successful in receiving a sponsorship. Attached will be a formal award letter and agreement for you to sign, detailing the obligations of each of the parties. A copy of this template is available upon request via email.
As part of your award agreement, you will be required to also complete an acquittal report. This is due six weeks from completion of your initiative. It is important that you review this document to understand your reporting requirements so data collection can be set up from the start.
The acquittal report will ask you to demonstrate:
- What you did during the event/activity
- What the key achievements or results of your initiative were
- Whether any of your plans changed since your initial proposal
- What broader impact your project had or continues to have
- How you spent the sponsorship money.
The Sponsorship team will send this template to successful applicants at the start of their sponsorship. If you would to like to receive a copy just email us.
Other responsibilities, successful applicant will also need to ensure:
- that mutual benefits agreed upon are met
- communicate regularly with your allocated BRD representative
- any deviations from the award agreement must be approved in writing
- proactively update the BRD representative of any changes, issues etc with the direction of the sponsorship.
If you would like copies of these sponsorship program templates mentioned below, please request via email:
- Terms and conditions – also available on the front page of the application form
- Acquittal reporting template
- Award agreement template
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.