May 20, 2016 | 5729 ViewsStress in the workplace. What goes?

- Stress factors
- Clinical medical condition vs emotion
- Are you receiving treatment?
- Must have suffered 'injury' according to WorkCover legislation
- Is stress condition caused or aggravated by work?

Stress in the workplace has become a significant health issue, with 3 in 5 Australians working more hours than they’re paid for. So it comes as no surprise that in 2012 alone, Queensland Health workers received $500,000

in time off work payments connected to work-related stress.

Common causes of work-related mental disorders in Australia









To make any claim under Qld’s WorkCover system, you must show that your work was a significant contributing factor towards the injury, in this case, the resulting psychological injury.

Work-related stress has been described defined as a physical, psychological or emotional reaction to the demands of work exceeding a worker’s abilities or resources.

Many factors need to be examined to establish employment as a significant contributing factor, including:

  • Your work and home environment;
  • Whether the source of the stress is easily identifiable;
  • Pre-existing and unrelated (to employment) stressors;
  • Whether the stress amounts to a psychological condition and if so, its precise nature;
  • Whether you have sought or are receiving medical treatment.

Your claim will be rejected  if your employer can prove that the stress arises as a result of “reasonable management action” performed in a reasonable way.

For that reason many claims where the resulting stress arises from:

  • transferring, demoting or disciplining a worker;
  • refusing leave, promotions or transfers,

are unlikely to succeed.

If you are unsure about the compensation claim process or have any questions feel free to call our experienced team on 07 3210 3444.

Whether your next step is looking for practical tips on dealing with stress, or a general overview on workplace stress, taking that step is what matters. Looking after your health should always come first.

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3 Responses

  1. Braden Bills Dec 29, 2016 — Reply

    If someone is making your life stressful at work, it’s important to put a stop to it. If none of your superiors will do anything about it, then it’s worth hiring an attorney! Nobody should have to live in constant stress, after all.

  2. Ramos Sep 19, 2017 — Reply

    Stress at work is inevitable. One must see to it to have every employee conduct a health assessment regularly. Checking the status of one’s health can affect the productivity of the work.

  3. Dr. Wayne Gard Mar 27, 2018 — Reply

    Can you sue your colleague if he/she constantly bullying you for being fat? It is some form of a joke but not funny at all. What kind of evidence should need?

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