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The 6th annual Psychosocial health and safety and bullying in Australian workplaces statement has been published on the Safe Work Australia website today. 

The statement identifies data trends in accepted workers’ compensation claims arising from mental stress, and specifically those arising from workplace bullying and harassment. 

The data in Figure 1 shows that: 

  • the frequency rate (claims per 100 million hours work) of mental stress claims declined from 2002-03 to 2015-16, before rising again in recent years. 
  • the rate for harassment and/or bullying claims (a subset of mental stress) has increased over the same period reaching 17.5 claims per million hours worked in 2018-19 (preliminary data).

Figure 1: Mental stress and sub-category harassment and/or bullying: Frequency rates, 2002-03 to 2018-19p

Mental stress and sub-category harassment
For more information see the statement.

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