Work Shouldn’t Hurt

A grim picture of what work is like for millions of Australian workers:

Insecure work makes unsafe work even worse

More than a third (38%) of workers in insecure jobs did not take time off work to recover from their injury or illness

Gendered violence and harassment on the rise

Women are more impacted by workplace injuries and mental health concerns than men, due to their over-representation in insecure, low-paid industries, and the impact of the pandemic. One in three (32%) workers experienced gendered violence or harassment in the past 12 months.

Workplace mental ill-health crisis

Millions of workers are suffering mental health issues as a result of their work, and a high proportion of them are not seeking help due to the fear of negative consequences.

Find out more about the causes and solutions of mental health hazards at work at the Mind Your Head information site.

Younger workers more exposed to risks

Young workers aged under 25 are significantly more likely to be exposed to the risk of serious injury, and young workers are especially vulnerable to experiencing mental health issues due to work.

The level of insecure work we have in Australia is not normal, we have the third highest rate of non-standard employment in the OECD. This level of insecurity is the direct result of policy decisions by successive coalition Governments which have shifted power to employers and attacked the rights of working people.

Liam O’Brien, ACTU Assistant Secretary