In April 2013 Safe Work Australia released a report entitled
"The Incidence of Accepted Workers' Compensation
Claims for Mental Stress in Australia."
The data in the report is based on claims made by workers in
workers' compensation schemes who were successful in receiving
As we all know, factors leading to stress and even high levels
of stress include workplace pressures, demands, goals, targets,
workloads and relationships. However, stress can also be caused by
many factors away from work, including personal finances,
personality or disposition factors or traits, physical health and
personal life circumstances and issues. In addition, stress may
result from a combination of work caused and non-work caused
Also, one individual may view a task, incident or event as
stressful while another person views the same task as a positive
The major findings of the report include :
Stress claims are the most expensive form of workers'
compensation claim for employers due to employees being absent for
long periods of time;
Stress claims affect employees, employers and the Australian
economy resulting in decreased productivity;
Men and women are more likely to make a claim for stress as
they get older, but after they reach 54 years they are less likely
to make a claim;
Over the period 2008-2011, around two thirds of all stress
claims were from 5 industry groups being health and community
services, education, personal and other services, government
administration and defence, and retail trade;
Not all workers with mental stress apply for, or succeed in
More professionals made claims for mental stress than any other
Unresolved stress experienced for long periods of time can lead
to depression, anxiety, burnout and cardiovascular disease.
The report makes very interesting reading for those of us who
work in the field of workers' compensation and a copy of the
Safe Work Australia report is available via the link
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