Organisations that can make a difference to the mental health of Victorian workers are encouraged to apply for grants as part of the government’s WorkSafe, WorkWell initiative.
The new $17 million WorkSafe, WorkWell fund will give grants to community, employee and industry organisations that provide new ways to tackle mental health and wellbeing issues among vulnerable group of workers. These include younger and older employees, and frontline workers like those working in healthcare, teaching and emergency services.
The funding will be provided to groups who are capable to roll out programs across large numbers of workers, and who can offer solutions that address the organizational causes of mental health issues in each group.
The new initiative aims to protect and promote the mental health and wellbeing of Victorian workers.
“Bosses have the power to make work great for their employees – that includes looking after their mental health,” said Minister for Finance Robin Scott.
“I urge organisations to dream big, and apply for a grant to make these ideas happen.
“Victorians deserve workplaces that put time and effort into keeping them well.”
There will also be an online hub to link employers to relevant research, tools and information and support them in building a mentally healthy workplace.
The fund grants will be offered in three rounds. Expressions of interest for round one will be accepted starting this month.