Legal Standards for Stress

There is no specific legislation - not even a Code of Practice - on stress in Victoria. However, the employer has a duty under Section 21 the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) to provide and maintain for employees, as far as practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.  A working environment where stress levels do not present a risk of illness or injury is part of this requirement. The employer must provide safe plant, a safe system of work, information, training and supervision. The employer also has the duty to monitor conditions at the workplace and to monitor the health and safety of employees.

The 2004 OHS Act now specifically covers stress in that the definition of health 'includes psychological health'.

There is also a requirement for employers to consult and cooperate with safety and health representatives and other employees on a wide range of issues, under Section 4 of the OHS Act (more information).

WorkSafe Victoria has a topic information page on Stress.

Last amended July 2014


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