The Western Australian Government has launched a grant program to help prevent mental health injury at work and promote positive work practices, with a seperate initiative specifically targeted towards the mining and resources sector.
The Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program will provide funding up to $175,000 per year to entities for initiatives that will support mentally healthy workplaces.
Administered by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program forms part of the state government’s commitment to support the wellbeing of workers and reduce psychosocial hazards.
According to a statement from the WA Government, the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister will determine the amount and duration of the grants that will be awarded by July 2022.
Acting Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister Rita Saffioti said the health and safety of all Western Australian workers, including their mental health, is a high priority for the state government.
“The Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program recognises the importance of mentally healthy workplaces by supporting initiatives committed to enhancing the positive aspects of work and worker wellbeing,” Saffioti said.
“We will continue to work with individuals, organisations and the community to improve worker welfare and to promote respect between employers and employees.”
Last year, as part of National Safe Work Month, Safe Work Australia encouraged all Australians to make health and safety a central part of their workplace culture by thinking safe, working safe and being safe.
“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen just how important work health and safety is. All workers have the right to a healthy and safe working environment and no workplace death or injury is acceptable,” Safe Work Australia chief executive officer Michelle Baxter said.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, seek help at one of Australia’s many free services: