WHS Library

The WHS resources below include articles, fact sheets and links to websites for information on WHS topics, including: bullying and harassment; workplace safety; self help and more.

Bullying and Harassment

Safe Work Australia guide for employees that provides information for employees who believe they are experiencing or witnessing workplace bullying and those who have had a bullying complaint made against them.

Safe Work Australia guide for employers and managers about how to manage the risks of workplace bullying as part of meeting their duties under work health and safety legislation.

Resource kit from Comcare to assist in preventing workplace bullying. The kit includes a Pocket Guide and a Two-Minute Talk Script for managers.

Advice from the Australian Human Rights Commission on Violence, Harassment and Bullying.

Advice from the Australian Human Rights Commission on Sexual Harassment.

A copy of the Sexual Harassment Awareness presentation to Senators and Members on 28 November 2012

Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces

Comcare resources on how to create a mentally healthy workplace.

A publication prepared jointly by Comcare and the Australian Public Service Commission. As it was developed primarily for the APS, it refers to some aspects of the employee lifecycle that operate differently in the MOP(S) Act employment environment. For specific advice on MOP(S) Act employment, tailored to the particular circumstances of a Senator or Member’s office, Senators and Members should contact their Advice and Support Director, and MOP(S) Act employees should contact the Staff Help Desk.

Comcare guide for employees and employers about psychological workplace health.

Comcare guide which aims to help managers recognise warning signs and take action to support employees. Information for employees is also included in the guide.

Web-based platform of tools prepared by Beyond Blue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance to support individuals and businesses to create mentally healthy work places. Includes questionnaires that generate tailored action plans to assist in managing specific situations.

Australian Human Rights Commission guide for managers and employers about managing and supporting employees with mental illness.

A series of Beyond Blue programs which focus on understanding depression and anxiety in the workplace.

Mental Health Self-Help Resources

Self management tool kit supplied by the Employee Assistance Program provider, DTC, with information and tips to assist employees to manage their own psychological wellbeing.

MoodGym is an interactive web program developed by the Australian National University, designed to prevent depression.

MindSpot is an online assessment and treatment funded by the Department of Health and developed by Macquarie University. Treatment courses cover wellbeing and managing symptoms of depression and anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

e-couch is a self-help interactive program developed the Australian National University on depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief

myCompass is a self-help service developed by the Black Dog Institute with support from the Department of Health, which includes interactive modules, and aims to help users manage moods associated with stress, anxiety and depression.

The Department of Health provides information, resources and services to support wellbeing.

Guidance on Employment and Management

Guidance on hiring new employees, published by the Fair Work Ombudsman. This material is general in nature, and refers to some employer responsibilities, such as the administration of salaries, superannuation and taxation, that are undertaken by the Department of Finance on behalf of Senators and Members. For specific advice on MOP(S) Act employment, tailored to the particular circumstances of a Senator or Member’s office, the Senator or Member should contact their Advice and Support Director.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has developed a suite of online training materials to encourage good employment practices. The online learning courses take around 20 - 30 minutes to complete. Currently, the topics covered are: Hiring employees, Starting a new job, Difficult conversations in the workplace and Managing performance.

Managing Relationships at Work

This Comcare document provides guidance for employers to integrate health and safety and risk management into planning during times of organisational change.

DTC fact sheet about coping after a major incident.

Comcare guide – includes 7 steps for managing a difficult conversation about inappropriate or harmful behaviour.

DTC Guide to managing stress.

DTC guide to self-care after a major incident.

DTC guide for managing stress during major events.

DTC guide to assisting someone during a period of grief and loss.

Suicide Prevention

Lifeline online information and support services.

Lifeline guide to preventing suicide.

Living is for Everyone (LIFE) fact sheet about recognising someone at risk of suicide.

LIFE fact sheet that provides practical assistance for someone feeling suicidal.

LIFE fact sheet that provides practical advice about what to do and say if you know someone at risk of suicide.

LIFE fact sheet that provides practical advice about what to do to help someone at risk of suicide.

Domestic Violence Referral Services

Travelling for Work

NSW Govt fact sheet that provides information and resources on driver fatigue.

Comcare document to assist employers and employees to understand the risks of Deep Vein Thrombosis and long distance air travel.

Comcare fact sheet that sets out the risks and responsibilities about vaccinations before travel.

Workplace Safety

Comcare guide that provides employers and workers with advice about the management of eye health.

Comcare fact sheet for employers and workers assisting with flood recovery efforts. It outlines key considerations relating to health and safety when working in flood recovery areas.

Comcare guide that provides tips for preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

Heart Foundation poster on knowing the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do.

Heart Foundation booklet. Recognising the warning signs of a heart attack

Comcare fact sheet about smoking at work.