Workplaces in Aotearoa New Zealand should be healthy and safe. No one should be harmed or killed because of work. As the primary health and safety at work regulator, WorkSafe’s role is to influence business to carry out their responsibilities – and to hold them to account if they don’t.

Our values

Our mātāpono (values) are the taura (rope) that binds us together, and they describe what’s important to us at WorkSafe and how we work together.

  • Whakakotahi – we're united in a strong purpose​​​​​​​.
  • Tiakina mai – we’re entrusted with a duty of care​​​​​​​.
  • Kōrero mai – we engage meaningfully.

Join us

If you want to add your energy, effort, and individuality to making a difference to keeping people safe and well at work, then visit our Careers Centre to see our current vacancies and sign up to get notified of new vacancies.

Careers Centre(external link)

Benefits of working with us

Diversity and inclusion

We set a benchmark for a healthy and safe working environment that is inclusive and diverse and where our values are lived in our everyday mahi (work). Our culture creates a mentally healthy work environment where our people care about each other and thrive.

We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace and ensuring the mana of LGBTTQIA+ people is upheld. We also have a well-established Te Rōpū Atuapiko rainbow network.

[image] Rainbow Rōpū logo with Te Rōpū Atuapiko written below a rainbow divider.

We are committed to providing our kaimahi (staff) with a safe and inclusive workplace. This is reflected in our diversity, equity and inclusion approach and our staff networks. We believe that a diverse workforce is a stronger workforce!

Development opportunities

We provide opportunities to develop your skills and experience for your role, or to prepare you for future roles. You can also develop your leadership and communication skills through our award-winning Leadership Fundamentals programme.

Read on to find out more about the benefits of working with us.

It is important for you and for us that you have an appropriate balance between your work life and your personal life. Where it’s practical, you could:

  • job share
  • work part-time
  • work flexible hours
  • work from a mix of locations.

We recognise that these options contribute to a healthier and more productive workplace.

At the end of your Primary Carer Leave, you will be eligible for a Primary Carer Leave Payment equal to up to 30 working days if you:

  • are entitled to Primary Carer Leave of up to 12 months, and
  • return to work with WorkSafe before or at the expiration of the leave.

If you are a spouse or partner of a primary carer, we will support you with two weeks’ paid partner’s leave.

Working for us means you'll pay less for health insurance from Southern Cross. WorkSafe has a Southern Cross work scheme, which entitles you and your immediate family to reduced premiums.

We offer life insurance through AON for permanent staff.

If you are a full-time employee, you will receive three extra days of paid leave each year. They will normally be taken between Christmas and New Year.

It is important that our people continue to develop and build knowledge and expertise, so that we can positively influence workplace health and safety outcomes for Aotearoa.

We may support you if:

  • you undertake a course or programme of study that is linked to our overall direction, capability needs or strategy, or
  • you are required to maintain a professional qualification to fulfil your role.

This support may include paid or unpaid special leave to attend classes, assistance with meeting course fees, and reimbursement of travel costs.

Protect yourself each year with free flu vaccinations. They may be on-site, or through an approved provider using a voucher that can be emailed to you once you complete an order form.

Once you reach one year of employment with us, you can apply for a contribution of $400 (exclusive of GST) towards the cost of an eye test and eyewear required to do your work. The eyewear can be corrective lenses and frames or contact lenses, and you can apply again every two years.

WorkSafe-branded clothing is available to any of our people who engage with the public as part of their role. We grant a first allowance to build your work wardrobe, and replacement wardrobe allowances are available for further years of service.

Things to know before applying

To apply for any WorkSafe job, you need to register at our Careers Centre.

Careers Centre(external link)

You must meet New Zealand or Australian residency or citizenship requirements or hold an appropriate working visa.

If you’re based overseas, find more detailed information about working in New Zealand from Immigration New Zealand.

Work in New Zealand(external link)

You must pass criminal conviction and serious misconduct checks. We may also ask you to complete other checks such as credit and medical checks, qualification vetting, and checking of international candidates. These will depend on the role.