Research Results

  • Nearly 22% of workers in the AWB sample reported to experience mild, moderate or severe levels of clinical depression.
  • Work-family conflict is significantly higher in families with more than one child.
  • Psychologically unhealthy workers reported nearly 6 times as much sickness absence as the healthiest workers.
  • Men experience more workplace physical violence via assaults, and experience being yelled at and sworn at more frequently than women.
  • Workers who remain in the workforce beyond the retirement age of 65 experience fewer job demands, more job resources and positive health outcomes.
  • Industries at high risk of poor general health as a result of job demands and resources are retail trade, accommodation, cafes and restaurants, and the health and community services industry.
  • 6.8% or nearly 700, 000 Australian workers report being bullied in the last 6 months.
  • Females report higher rates of bullying and for longer periods than men.
  • Despite rural workers reporting moderately more physical demands and work-family conflict, overall there were only small differences found between urban and rural working conditions.
  • Females report more unwanted sexual advances, more humiliation, and more unfair treatment due to gender than men.
  • The most frequent workplace harassment is being sworn at or yelled at (33.8%), followed by being humiliated (22.8%), and experiencing discomfort listening to sexual humour (19.1%).