The HASANZ Scholarship Programme

The HASANZ Scholarship Programme was established in 2018 to give people the opportunity to further their education in workplace health and safety. It targets those already working in health and safety who want to expand their skills and graduates who are considering career options. Scholarships are awarded annually.The HASANZ Scholarship Programme aims to build the capability and capacity of New Zealand’s professional health and safety workforce. It helps to ensure that businesses have access to quality health and safety advice and services into the future.

Workplace health and safety is an interesting and rewarding career choice. The HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey 2017 showed that 91% find their profession rewarding. The Safesearch WHS Remuneration Survey 2018 shows the average yearly remuneration for health and safety advisers in New Zealand is $100,000. However, demand for qualified health and safety advisers outstrips supply in many areas. And New Zealand’s health and safety workforce is ageing – our Survey indicated that more than 50% of health and safety professionals are over 50 years old. The HASANZ Scholarship Programme is one way to address the capability and capacity gaps in New Zealand’s health and safety workforce and increase the supply of qualified, competent health and safety professionals for businesses to call on.  

Selection criteria:

  • HASANZ Scholarships are open to people who are already working in health and safety or who want to move into a career in workplace health and safety.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
The 2021 round of HASANZ Scholarships is now open for applications. You can access application forms by clicking on the links below. Applications close on 10 September 2021.
General Scholarship Application Form
Post-Graduate Scholarship Application Form
Poutama Scholarship Application Form
Occupational Hygiene Scholarship Application Form
Women in Safety Scholarship Application Form

Decision makers
Applications for HASANZ Scholarships are assessed by a panel including representatives from tertiary education, HASANZ member associations and the wider health and safety sector. Selection for the HASANZ Scholarship Programme is based on the applicant’s work experience, academic record, career goals and a personal statement. We also aim to fill crucial capability gaps and identify future leaders Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the selection pane

How and when do students learn of the decision?

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
HASANZ Scholarships have two components. Successful applicants receive: • A financial contribution towards full or part-time tertiary study in health and safety – $5,000 each year for up to two years ($10,000 in total) *. The second $5,000 is conditional on successfully completing the first year of study. • Practical experience and support, including: • Field trip and networking with industry representatives. • Practical learning and the ability to work on real life issues. • Mentoring from an industry professional. *Scholarship value may vary at HASANZ’s discretion.

Additional information
There are six categories of scholarship. General: for practitioners and health and safety representatives who want to upskill to a diploma or degree. Poutama: for Māori health and safety practitioners who want to take their skills to the next level.  Postgraduate: for people wanting to specialise in health and safety by undertaking a postgraduate qualification at a university. Occupational Hygiene: for people wanting to become an occupational hygienist or to do further training in this field (funded by WorkSafe). Women in Safety: for people to encourage and support women health and safety practitioners to upskill from a technical level into leadership and governance to influence health and safety leadership and governance practice in New Zealand. Applied Research: not open for applications in 2021

Who else has information about this award?
All enquiries should be directed to

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Ann Kennedy-Perkins
Communications Adviser
Health and Safety Association of New Zealand

AKP Communications Ltd PO Box 27038, Marion Square
Mew Zealand

Phone: 04 384 8864


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