Mental health

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The things at work that can harm mental health are known as psychosocial hazards. These hazards can also cause physical harm.

Psychosocial hazards include:

Psychosocial hazards can come from:

  • the design or management of work
  • a work environment
  • plant (e.g. equipment) at a workplace, or
  • workplace interactions or behaviours.

Under the model WHS laws, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the psychosocial risks in the workplace.

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SWA is not a regulator and cannot advise you about WHS issues in the workplace. If you need help please contact your state or territory work health and safety authority.

Safe Work Australia is not a regulator and cannot advise you about work health and safety compliance or workers’ compensation claims. If you need help, please contact your state or territory WHS regulator or workers’ compensation authority.

Mental Health Support

If you or a colleague are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious there are services to help.