Our department led a review of workplace mental health and wellbeing across the Australian Public Service (APS). Staff from more than 100 agencies participated in the project. As a result, we developed a proposed whole-of-APS Mental Health Capability Framework.
The proposed APS Mental Health Capability Framework:
- provides a systems-based approach to building mental health and suicide prevention capability within the APS
- acts as an overarching architecture that remains flexible and adaptable to agency-specific needs
Six evidence-informed domains underpin the framework:
- prevent harm
- promote mental health
- support recovery pathways
- build literacy and develop capability
- leadership and governance
- evaluate and improve
Together they enable agencies to use different mechanisms to support the development of mentally healthy workplaces.
Piloting the framework
In July 2020, the Secretaries Board of the APS endorsed piloting the proposed framework. Pilots are underway with several agencies. A key focus is testing how the framework’s domains and their underpinning action items translate in the APS context.
If you are looking to use the proposed framework in an APS agency, or would like implementation resources, email the APS Mental Health Capability Taskforce: APSMentalHealthCapability@industry.gov.au