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Safe Work Australia has developed this small business hub with tailored guidance for small businesses to help you understand your work health and safety duties and manage risks arising from COVID-19.

Duties under WHS laws

The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws require you to take care of the health, safety and welfare of your workers, including you, your staff, contractors and volunteers, and others at your workplace.

Read more about your duties under WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Risk assessments

A COVID-19 work health and safety risk assessment is an essential step for small businesses. You must assess the risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 and implement control measures to manage those risks.

Watch the video for information or read more about COVID-19 risk assessments for small business.


See our full playlist of videos to help your small business through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full playlist

COVID-19 vaccines

For information about your obligations under the model WHS laws and how these relate to COVID-19 vaccines, go to the vaccination information for your industry

Small business planning tool

A tool outlining key steps and considerations when operating your small business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to the COVID-19 Small business planning tool.

Industry guidance

WHS guidance for COVID-19 is available for over 30 different industries on key topics such as duties under WHS laws, physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene. Go to the COVID-19 WHS industry guidance.

COVID-19 resource kit

A range of resources are available for you download and use in your workplace including posters and signage, checklists, templates and infographics. Go to the COVID-19 resource kit.

Information in your language

Translated information about COVID-19 and work health and safety is available on the COVID-19 In language website.

Mental health

WHS laws apply to managing risks to psychological (mental) health too. Go to information on Mental health and COVID-19.

The Australian Government has established the My Business Health website to help small business owners and sole traders, it includes mental health support. 

The website Ahead for business also provides help for small business owners and those that support them. 

Resources for small business

The Australian Small business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has information on helping businesses through COVID-19.

The Australian Government’s Business website has COVID-19 information and support for businesses including information on financial assistance, eligibility and timing of government support.

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