Applications are now open for WorkSafe Victoria’s manual handling grant.

Hazardous manual handling creates a risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In Victoria, MSDs are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability to injured workers. MSDs can also significantly affect workers’ mental health.

WorkSafe’s manual handling grant round is open from Monday 26 September 2022 until Monday 21 November 2022.

The manual handling grant round provides funding for workplaces to prevent MSDs resulting from hazardous manual handling. Applicants can apply for up to $300,000 for a project to begin in April 2023 and conclude by October 2025.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply:

  • you are a workplace or are partnering with a workplace in the healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, or transport and warehousing industries
  • you have an idea for a project to address the physical and/or psychosocial factors contributing to MSDs
  • your project seeks to improve risk management practices and risk controls relating to manual handling.

WorkSafe welcomes and encourages applications from universities, specialists, peak bodies, inventors, unions and employer associations in collaboration with workplaces from high-risk industries. The grant aims to support prevention-focused (designed to prevent a manual handling injury) projects, designed and tested in consultation with workplace employees.

Further information

For more information including grant guidelines and full eligibility criteria, visit

If you have any questions about the grant, please email our Grants team at: [email protected]

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