Hazards, incidents and injuries

Injuries and illnesses at work are preventable. Our process for preventing injuries and illnesses involves:

  1. identifying and managing health and safety risks
  2. reporting when a hazard, near miss (an incident that could have resulted in injury, illness or danger to health) or injury occurs to ensure an investigation is completed and action is taken to eliminate the chance of injury or reoccurrence and to make our workplace safe.

Reporting incidents is required under NSW Work Health and Safety legislation. For more information about reporting incidents, click here. For details on the University's workers compensation policies and certificates of currency click here (under Resources).

It is the responsibility of the person involved in the incident, or the person who identified the hazard to use the online incident reporting system to report hazards, near misses or injuries. This system ensures the people responsible receive notification quickly so that an investigation can be completed and action taken to reduce the risk. The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team are also notified so they can follow up and provide assistance when required.

Log an online incident report

Non-work related illnesses and injuries

There is a range of support available if you have a non-work related illness or injury that impacts on your ability to carry out the inherent requirements of your role. Please see the Health & Safety Guideline: Non-work related injuries and illnesses for full details.

  • Talk to your Supervisor about your illness or injury and how it is impacted by the regular work environment or substantive duties.
  • Contact Shayla Hunter, Health & Safety Advisor Injury Management for assistance.

With your consent, Shayla will liaise with you and your treatment providers to seek feedback on restrictions and support to ensure a safe and sustainable return to work. Where practical, the Health and Safety Advisor will develop a Well to Work Plan. This plan may include working reduced hours for a period of time, aids and equipment.

You may also be able to access incapacity benefits from UniSuper, see their webpage for more information or call them directly on 1800 331 685.

For conditions that will last for greater than two years external providers, such as the Job Access Employment Assistance Fund (EAF), may be engaged to offer assistance and support.

Information for students

It is important that all injuries, illnesses, hazards and near misses are reported as soon as possible. If you notice a hazard or are involved in an incident, please inform a member of University staff so they can log a Health and Safety Incident Report on your behalf. Alternatively, contact the Health and Safety Team directly at usafe@newcastle.edu.au or call 4033 9999 and select number 5. Further information about Student Health and Safety can be found here.

Managing allegations of sexual misconduct

The University of Newcastle takes all allegations of misconduct seriously, including allegations of sexual assault and harassment, and will not tolerate behaviour that compromises the safety and wellbeing of staff or students.

Staff have an important role to play in ensuring the University is a safe and supportive place to work and study. Information about what to do in an instance of sexual misconduct is available for students and staff here.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.