This paper was commissioned by Safe Work Australia as part of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. Safe Work Australia seeks to promote the benefits that work health and safety can bring to businesses and to ensure health and safety is integrated into all business decisions.

This paper is intended to provide an assessment of the research evidence that healthy and safe workplaces are more productive and take businesses more sustainable. This evidence is intended to assist managers in developing appropriate and robust business cases for securing the necessary resources and commitment for safety interventions.