Learn more about the NSW benchmarking tool as well as the research and data that has helped us develop the NSW Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy 2022.
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Measuring mental health at work
In 2017 we started measuring how mentally healthy NSW businesses were. Since then, as a state we have made positive progress across several industries but there is still more work to be done.
We worked with academics and experts to develop the first NSW mentally healthy workplaces benchmarking tool to measure the capability of workplaces to create a mentally healthy workplace.
We are a more mentally healthy NSW
In 2017 we surveyed 2,000 NSW employers. This created a baseline for the NSW mentally healthy workplaces strategy.
We found that 67,542 NSW businesses were taking effective action to create a mentally healthy workplace and set our target to reach 90,000.
In 2020 we ran the benchmarking survey again to measure workplaces’ progress on mental health.
We surveyed 4,000 employers and 8,000 workers and found that the number of businesses taking effective action on mental health had increased by 12.5% to 75,958.
Workplaces that most need to build skills
Benchmarking data shows that, since 2017, more medium-sized businesses are taking action to create a mentally healthy workplace. However, little change has been seen in small business - which means there is more work to do in this area.
The NSW benchmarking tool has been used to survey and benchmark the state in 2017 and 2020.
In 2020 SafeWork NSW commissioned the University of Sydney to update its 2017 literature review of research to understand the key risks and interventions of workplace mental new health, with new evidence.