Stress is the second most common cause of workplace compensation claims in Australia, after manual handling.

This guide will help you understand the risks of work-related stress and explain what you need to do to make your workplace safe.

Available guidance about stress in the private sector:

Information is available for employers, employees and health and safety representatives.

Guidance for the public sector is available in the handbook, Stresswise - Preventing Work-related stress. It includes information about identifying potential work-related stress hazards, determining work-related stress risks and controlling work-related stress hazards and risks.

If you would like assistance in assessing the work-related stress risks in your workplace, you may be eligible to use the free People at Work Project tool. Run by an external provider, this risk assessment tool measures how different workplace characteristics influence employee health and wellbeing, focusing particularly on risks to psychological health. For more information, visit their website at

For other stress-related tools and publications, see the left-hand side of this page.