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Regulation

Understanding your legal responsibilities

Employers and employees have a shared responsibility to create physically and psychological safe work environments.

Employers are required to create a psychologically safe work environment as far as is reasonably practicable.

Safe Work Australia have made a short video that helps to understand your legal requirements.

Further reading

Beyond Blue’s Heads Up initiative provides further guidance on undertanding your organisation’s legal rights and responsibilities with respect to workplace mental health.

Further reading

Safe Work Australia provides a tip sheet on preventing psychological injury under work health and safety laws.

Further reading

It can often be difficult for organisations to define what is ‘reasonably practicable’ in the management of risk in the work environment. SafeWork Australia have provided guidance in this area to help organisations identify their obligations.

Further reading

Work health and safety legislation can be different in each state or territory. Safe Work Australia, the national policy body for the development and evaluation of work health and safety legislation provides links to each state’s relevant regulatory body.