The positive impact of achieving healthy, safe and thriving workplaces on the people and economy of South Australia is significant.

A healthy workplace leads to greater engagement and productivity, fewer work-related injuries and illnesses, and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for workers.

There is greater team work and support for each other, and staff feel comfortable to speak up about issues without the fear of stigma and discrimination.

Good, safe and meaningful work is a positive contributor to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of all South Australians including workers, their families and communities.

It makes good business sense

A healthy workplace benefits both businesses and workers.

Costs of an unhealthy workplace

  • 4 times more likely to lose talented workers
  • 7 times more costly workers compensation claims
  • 9 times more sick days taken per year
  • $6.4 billion productivity losses in Australia per year due to obesity alone

Benefits of a healthy workplace

  • 3 times more productive
  • 50% less injuries
  • 5 times more engaged workforce
  • Return on investment of $3-6 for every $1 spent

Costs of an unhealthy workplace      4 times more likely to lose talented workers     7 times more costly workers compensation claims     9 times more sick days taken per year     $6.4 billion productivity losses in Australia per year due to obesity alone  Benefits of a healthy workplace      3 times more productive     50% less injuries     5 times more engaged workforce     Return on investment of $3-6 for every $1 spent

The state of health and wellbeing in South Australian workplaces

Current data highlights the rise in health and wellbeing issues facing workplaces.

  • 97% of working South Australians report having at least one chronic disease risk factor (eg unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, alcohol and tobacco use), with 83% reporting multiple risk factors. (South Australian Population Health Survey, 2019)
  • In 2019 just over one quarter of South Australian workers have experienced a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety (South Australian Population Health Survey, 2019).
  • In South Australia, the cost of work-related injury and illness is an estimated $5 billion per year. (Cost of injury and illness by state and territory 2012-13, Safe Work Australia).

These trends have a significant impact on the productivity and performance of workplaces, on the health system and on the economy.


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