New Psychosocial Hazards Code

A new Code of Practice is being implemented that will require a step up for most workplaces: The Managing the Risk of Psychosocial Hazards at Work Code of Practice 2022.

This new Code of Practice (CoP) comes into effect on 1 April 2023. It’s included in the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Regulation, which means compliance with the CoP is mandated, not voluntary.

Managing psychosocial hazards and risks at work is just as important as managing physical risks. The Managing the Risk of Psychosocial Hazards at Work Code of Practice 2022 is a practical guide on how to prevent harm from psychosocial hazards at work, including psychological and physical harm.

In preparing for the implementation of the code, workplaces and their WHS committees should be:

  • formalising existing systems for managing workloads and responding to psychosocial issues in the workplace;
  • training staff and in particular frontline managers about their vital role in identifying psychosocial risks in their teams, and how to respond;
  • ensuring executives are across these new enforceable developments and how they will ensure compliance.

Through our 30th Way – Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace Campaign, The Services Union has been a long-time advocate for robust workplace mental health policies, procedures and legislation.

Unions worked with Minister Grace on the new changes which were also developed through extensive consultation with employer organisations, academics and the community.


Above: New Code comes into play on 1 April 2023.