The city of Sydney, Australia, has won a bid to host the XXIII United Nations Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023.
The congress will provide a global platform for Australia to promote its position as a world leader in work health and safety.
The congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private authorities will collaborate and discuss different approaches to work health and safety.
Australian Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said it was a 10-year effort for NSW and the Coalition Government to secure the event.
She said: “Small business is the engine room of job creation in Australia. Our nation’s small businesses are responsible for the workplace health and safety of over 44% of Australia’s private workforce and we are delighted to be able to showcase their leading occupational practices.”
NSW Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said as the nation’s leading economy, NSW was an appropriate venue to highlight to the world how its workplaces are among the safest, healthiest, and most productive.
He added: “I’m so proud to see that Sydney will host the world’s largest and most prestigious international forum for work health and safety,” Mr Kean said.
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) partnered with the Safety Institute of Australia to pitch Australia’s case for the bid, with strong backing from SafeWork NSW and SafeWork Australia.