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Health and Safety

At Gisborne District Council we take health and safety seriously.

We're constantly looking at ways to improve our performance in this area. We're developing best practice standards to guide our organisation as it embraces the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015(external link) (HSWA).

HSWA sets out the ​​​principles, duties and rights in relation to workplace health and safety.

HSWA is just the beginning and signals a new way of thinking about health and safety. This is not just about compliance - it’s about getting people home healthy and safe.

Health and Safety Policy [PDF, 158 KB]

Contractor pre-qualification scheme

We've teamed up with other councils and SHE Software NZ Ltd to develop a new pre-qualification process. 

This will ensure councils are using contractors who operate with effective health and safety management systems and hold current and relevant insurances.

This system will help us meet our responsibilities to ensure that contractors working for, or on Council assets and/or supplying services, have effective health and safety management systems. This is in an effort to prevent harm to people and the environment or damage to property.

Benefits to contractors include:

  • an easier system that will enable contractors to be pre-qualified for multiple councils through one process
  • improved relationships between contractors and councils
  • contributing to the WorkSafe New Zealand’s statement of intent strategy to reduce injuries by 2020

This process requires contractors and sub-contractors who carry out services for councils, to apply to become pre-qualified every 2 years, with insurance renewals done annually. If these expire in the system, councils may not allow you to carry out work for them until renewals are received.

The application is simple to follow, with recognition for those who have health and safety accreditation.

The fees, paid online are:

Number of Employees Fee (excl GST)
Less than 5 $180
Between 5 and 24 $400
25 and more $900

Insurance renewals $25 per insurance type per year.

As contractors become pre-qualified, company details are available on an Approved Contractor List(external link)

This provides visibility to contractors and councils to identify who's approved, assisting with the tendering process and council procurement. For more information please read our FAQs [PDF, 619 KB]


You need an email address prior to starting your application as this will be required to complete the process. 

To easily upload evidence, we suggest you set up a folder on your desktop to save documents required for your application.

Here's the link to start your application.(external link)

This process is being handled by the Waikato Local Authority Shared Services, along with the Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services using an internationally recognised portal. 

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