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At WorkSafe Victoria, we share a common passion: to ensure the wellbeing of Victorian workers. It’s this goal that brings us together and enables us to make a positive impact within the community.

If you’re looking for an organisation that’s clear about its purpose and plays a vital role in the community, then WorkSafe Victoria is the right place for you.

We have a very clear vision – Victorian workers returning home safe every day. We’re passionate about what we do and the importance of realising this vision.

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We make work safe

At WorkSafe Victoria you can come to work every day knowing that you’re working for the benefit of people.

We are united in our vision of all Victorian workers returning home safe to their loved ones at the end of the day.

We help employers understand and comply with Victoria’s occupational health and safety and compensation laws; to keep their workplaces safe and prevent injuries and illness.

We provide employers with insurance to protect their workers and their business.

And we provide compensation and support to workers if they’re injured on the job, to help them recover and return to safe work sooner.

Whatever your speciality, WorkSafe Victoria’s Graduate Program offers so many opportunities to turn theory into practice and be part of something bigger.

Our graduate program

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Two-year program

  • Four business rotations (one every six months)
  • Community leadership project
  • Skills and career development workshops
  • Peer, mentor and buddy support networks 

Our Graduate Program will do more than nurture your career in your chosen field. We’ll help you to develop your full potential and become WorkSafe ready.

That’s why we’ve designed an intensive two-year program that strikes the right balance between flexibility and structure. 

You’ll have the flexibility you need to follow your passion and shape the program to suit your interests and career aspirations. But the program is also structured to support you in broadening your horizons. After all, it’s often when you stretch beyond your comfort zone that you learn the most.

Learn our business 

Every six months you’ll do a business rotation and benefit from working with a different team of experts. Our employees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, so you can be confident you’re learning from the best. You’ll be involved in real work from day one.

The business rotations are a great way to see how different parts of WorkSafe contribute to our mission and make work safe for all Victorians.  

We’ll work with you to create a tailored rotation plan including your area of interest, so you can get practical experience related to your area of study.

But we also believe that personal and professional growth comes from exposure to new people and perspectives, embracing opportunities and seizing the unfamiliar with both hands.

So you’ll spend two of your four rotations in areas related to health and safety and workers’ compensation to ensure you have a strong understanding of the whole organisation.

We’ll work with you to ensure the other two rotations align with your skills, interests and career aspirations. 

Think of it like that round-the-world trip you’ve always wanted to take – you’ll be immersed in our culture, meet new people across our community, learn our lingo and be able to really find your place.

Develop your potential

There is so much to learn at WorkSafe, so our program is designed with plenty of development programs and support networks to help you along the way. 

  • Community Leadership Project – you’ll work on a project which will develop your leadership skills and give back to the community.
  • Skills workshops – you’ll attend regular skills workshops that build your capability in areas that are essential for a successful career at WorkSafe. 
  • Graduate peer group – you’ll be able to network with fellow graduates and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • Buddy program – you’ll be paired with a past graduate of our program. Many have established successful careers with WorkSafe and will be there as a guide and mentor as someone who has walked in your shoes.
  • Mentor – we’ll also pair you with a leader from your business area of interest. This mentoring relationship will give you insights into WorkSafe, the business area and help you develop your professional network.

The last six months of the program will focus on career planning, so you can be confident about taking your next step with us.

We will help you prepare and apply for roles that complement your skills, interests and experience.

Our graduates

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Olivia, Senior Lawyer – “I make my future brighter every day”

As soon as she got a place on WorkSafe’s Graduate program, Olivia knew she was in the right place. Somewhere she could really make things happen. In this video, Olivia talks about the day-to-day differences she makes to the lives of Victorians and the shared commitment WorkSafe employees have to keep them safe.

Sarah, Relationship Manager - “The WorkSafe Graduate Program provided on-the-job learning opportunities for many things I never would have learned at uni! By doing rotations in different areas, I experienced how the whole organisation works and contributed to interesting projects, which has led to great career advancement and mentoring opportunities over the years". 

Social responsibility

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When you join our Graduate Program, you become part of our WorkSafe community.

We embrace and celebrate people from all backgrounds because we believe that our workforce should reflect the diversity of the Victorian community we serve.

Just some of the ways we support our communities are through our Disability Action Plan, pride network for LGBTI employees and volunteering.

And we have a vibrant social club where you can get to know your colleagues at regular events throughout the year.

Why join us?

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WorkSafe offers a range of great benefits, including work variety, workplace flexibility and leave options, learning and development opportunities, study support, a leading health and wellbeing program, contribution to gym memberships, prescription eye wear and corporate health insurance rates. 

WorkSafe prides itself on being a great place to work.

You’ll be supported.

As you’d expect working for the state’s health and safety regulator, we lead the way in employee health and wellbeing. Here are just a few of the programs we offer, to keep you happy, engaged and feeling good – both physically and psychologically.

  • Group fitness (choose from yoga, boxing or walking groups)
  • Gym membership
  • Prescription eyewear reimbursement
  • Standing desks
  • Free annual flu vaccinations and health checks
  • 24-hour employee assistance programs for you and your immediate family
  • A peer support program
  • Corporate rates on private health insurance. 

We are flexible.

We are flexible and accommodating, so you can keep your work and personal life in balance. Whether you are a parent or caregiver, studying or have other needs, we can support you with flexible work hours, and a wide range of leave options.

You'll be inspired.

Wherever you work in Victoria, you are connected to our WorkSafe community. We genuinely care about each other and the people we serve. Not only can you make a difference in the lives of Victorians through your job every day, you can take paid volunteer leave every year to contribute your time to a cause of your choice. 

You’ll enjoy the opportunity to work with people from across the organisation on different projects in our supportive and team-oriented culture. While we work hard for the people of Victoria every day, we’re also sociable and relaxed.

You’ll get the chance to know your colleagues through participation in our wide range of wellbeing programs and the regular events organised by our vibrant Social Club.

You'll be empowered. 

As we build the WorkSafe of the future, we’re committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the wider community. We empower you to do the same and will always offer you the support and training you need to make the most of your career with us.

You'll be celebrated.

You’ll always be recognised for the work you do in making workplaces safer and helping injured workers return to safe work sooner. 

We acknowledge our people’s contribution to achieving our objectives through our WorkStar reward and recognition program, and recognise the service milestones of our people each year.

You'll be included.

Difference is human – and WorkSafe is all about people.

As people working for the benefit of people every day, we believe it’s important that our workforce reflects the diversity of our clients and the Victorian community. That’s why we are a proud equal opportunity employer and embrace people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, cultures and religious beliefs. We’re all different, but it’s our passion for the safety and wellbeing of Victorians that unites us.

At Worksafe you’ll encounter a diverse range of projects and find that, with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. We also pride ourselves on being agile, curious and inclusive. We offer the freedom to create a more open workplace, where you’re encouraged to have a voice.

Diversity and Inclusion

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At WorkSafe our vision is to ensure that all Victorian workers return home safely every day.

Our mission is to work with the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety, together with quality care and insurance protection to workers and employers.

Our people come from a wide range of professions, backgrounds and life experiences. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we are committed to harnessing the qualities that make our people unique.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that is representative of the community we serve. Through diversity, we build greater customer connections, sustainable engagement and enable delivery of industry best practice to our people, our customers and the wider community.

Indigenous Candidates

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In 2015, WorkSafe launched an Indigenous Law Scholarship in partnership with the Deakin University Institute of Koorie Education. The Scholarship includes a six-week placement within the WorkSafe Legal division and was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Leadership in the Public Sector Awards 2015 (IPAA Awards) in the Indigenous Employment Award category.

Aside from this program, WorkSafe remains committed to creating sustainable employment pathways through traineeships and other initiatives.

WorkSafe is a signatory to the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board (VAEB) Agreement and is currently developing a Reconciliation Action Plan.

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[email protected] is a staff-led network that aims to inspire, motivate and propel women at WorkSafe to put their best foot forward. [email protected] is a staff-led network made up of employees who believe in the strength of women coming together to learn and grow.

[email protected] regularly hosts events, which are open to all staff and provide a forum to share inspirational stories from leading women in their field. [email protected] Circles provide a positive environment to take risks, recognise and celebrate strengths and learn from others.

LGBTI Support

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In July 2016, WorkSafe launched its own Pride Network – WorkPride.

WorkPride is a staff-led network open to both LGBTI employees and allies. WorkPride aims to promote LGBTI inclusion at WorkSafe. All staff are welcome to join WorkPride, with membership providing access to regular updates and network events.

WorkSafe is also a member of Pride in Diversity which provides access to LGBTI awareness training, resources and support promoting workplace inclusion.

In addition, WorkSafe is a member of the Victorian Public Sector Pride Network and is represented on the VPS Pride Council. At the 2017 Victorian Public Sector Pride Network Awards, WorkSafe was awarded Pride Initiative of the Year.


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In December 2016, WorkSafe launched its Disability Action Plan. The Disability Action Plan contains commitments to ensure dignified and equitable access for staff and stakeholders with a range of diverse abilities. Some of these commitments include upgrading our internal and external websites, creating a workplace adjustment program and ensuring universal design principles are included in every aspect of our new headquarters in Geelong.

WorkSafe has also committed to WorkSmart, a program which will see increased use of contemporary technology and devices designed to free employees from their desks and provide greater flexibility both at work and after hours.


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