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.

WorkSafe encourages all Victorian organisations to take a proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing.

The People at Work Project is a free psychosocial risk assessment process, which measures how different characteristics of your workplace influence worker health and wellbeing, focusing particularly on risks to psychological health. The process includes employees completing an online survey, and resources are available to support your organisation to take action in implementing a psychosocial risk management approach.

As well as making good business sense, identifying possible mental health risk factors early can help workers stay safe and healthy, and improve worker engagement and productivity.

Organisations that participate in the People at Work Project will benefit from a tailored organisational report, and up to 10 breakdown reports for workgroups – highlighting specific workplace risks to psychological health.

Additional benefits for your organisation, workgroup managers, and workers include:

  • a focus on prevention of work-related psychosocial risk factors
  • communicating a clear message to workers that your organisation values their health and wellbeing
  • taking positive steps towards complying with health and safety laws in relation to psychological health

The People at Work Project is strongly dependent on worker input. To ensure anonymity, all data collection, data analyses, and report preparation is conducted by the university- based researchers associated with this project (The Queensland University of Technology and the Australian National University).
For more information and to participate in the People at Work Project, please visit

The People at Work project is a research collaboration among Queensland University of Technology and The Australian National University, with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, WorkCover NSW, WorkSafe Victoria, Comcare, Safe Work Australia, and beyondblue (Partner Organisations). The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and the Partner Organisations.

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