Safe Work Australia - Protecting Australian Workers from Infectious Diseases and Hazardous Chemicals
Assist an Australian government agency to reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals and infectious diseases.
Student opportunity type
Credit : For credit
Safe Work Australia is an Australian government statutory agency. We develop national policy on work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements to protect the health and safety of 13 million Australian workers.
Our vision is to achieve healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements. We believe that all workers, regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged, have the right to a healthy and safe working environment.
We have a tripartite structure, and our Members represent the interests of the Commonwealth, states and territories, workers and employers. This is unique in Australia and means that our work has a national impact.
|Availability||Winter or Semester 2, 2022|
|Open to international students||No|
|Preferred project skills||
|Clearances required||Baseline security clearance|
Safe Work Australia Office
Level 7, 2 Phillip Law St
|Project opportunities/benefits for the intern||
Gain insight into the opportunities for scientists in the Australian Public Service and an understanding of the important role scientists play in public policy and regulation of work health and safety
We are looking for one or two students with strong research and analytical skills to support our work on the risks of hazardous chemicals and infectious diseases. This will involve undertaking reviews on particular topics and developing communications material.
The work of the Chemicals, Occupational Hygiene and High Risk Work Policy Branch is diverse and projects can be tailored depending on your background and interests. Some of our current projects include:
- Reviewing the Workplace Exposure Standards for around 700 chemicals and chemical groups, and communicating the results of this review to employers and workers
- Assessing regulatory and non-regulatory options to reduce exposures to silica dust in workplaces
- Improving employers’ and workers’ awareness of the risks associated with hazardous chemicals
- Developing guidance on minimising the risks of COVID-19 in workplaces