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Thursday 8 June 2023


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How can you help to reduce workers’ compensation stigma?

Taking action to reduce workers' compensation stigma


Safe Work Australia has launched a new awareness campaign about stigma associated with workers’ compensation and what can be done to reduce it.

Workers’ compensation provides an important safety net to support people who become ill or injured because of work. It provides financial support and other assistance so workers can focus on getting back to work safely.

Stigma occurs when there is discrimination against or stereotyping of a worker seeking workers’ compensation. It can prevent injured or ill workers from making a claim or impact their recovery.

Safe Work Australia has developed resources including fact sheets, case studies and posters to help employers, supervisors and workers to reduce workers’ compensation stigma. 

The resources provide practical information about workers’ compensation and what employers, supervisors and workers can do to create a supportive work environment and reduce workers' compensation stigma.

Supporting injured or ill workers to get back to work safely benefits everyone – the worker, their team, and the broader organisation.

By understanding what workers’ compensation stigma is, where it can occur, and how to identify it, we can take action to reduce it.

To find out more and download the resources, go to: