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Publication Date: 
November 2018

We’re reviewing the management of mental health in the Australian Public Service (APS) on behalf of the Secretaries Equality and Diversity Council. The Council is committed to fostering an inclusive culture in the APS that includes those experiencing mental health conditions. This project is one of many initiatives aimed at building a disability-confident public service.

The review aims to:

  • identify major barriers affecting management of mental health in the APS
  • improve managers’ confidence and capability when employing and managing people with mental health conditions
  • develop a best practice approach to managing mental health that can be shared across the APS

Review process

To build on research and establish a best practice approach for the APS, we will consider:

  • public sector experiences and views through a voluntary APS-wide survey and collaborative workshops
  • private sector investigations and innovations for managing wellbeing in the workplace
  • peer-reviewed academic research for a consistent evidence-base to all outcomes

Discovery

In March 2018 we undertook a 12-week discovery project to uncover the inhibitors—real or perceived—that managers have when recruiting and managing people with mental health conditions.

The research identified key barriers and indicated the need for further research build on findings over a wider range of experiences.

The APS Mental Health Review Taskforce is managing this project, over an expected to take 12 months.

Survey

The APS Mental Health Review Survey will examine how we can improve managers’ confidence and capability when employing and managing people with mental health conditions.

The survey is voluntary and open to all levels of staff across the APS. This confidential, anonymous survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Share your views and experiences.

If you can't access the survey, please contact the Taskforce and we will provide you with an alternate link.

Workshops

We’ll run a series of collaborative workshops in 2019. These workshop will explore how managers can improve their confidence and capabilities to support team members with mental health conditions. The sessions will help us develop a best practice approach to mental health in the APS.

Nominate to represent your Agency at a workshop.

Participation and privacy statement

Participation in this project is voluntary. All information you provide is confidential and de-identified.

Participant information [160KB PDF] [54KB DOCX].

Contact us

For more information on this project, or to join the mailing list, please contact the APS Mental Health Review Taskforce: APSMentalHealthReview@industry.gov.au

See also

Read how we are supporting mental health at work in our Work Well Strategy.


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