Workplace conditions, health and safety
The working conditions of many jobs are governed by modern awards and the National Employment Standards, which set out minimum employment standards.
Before accepting a job, you should first check the working conditions, including:
Other conditions you can discuss with your employer include access to training, regular performance reviews, and flexible working arrangements.
Health and safety at work
Work health and safety aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers at work, and other people affected by the work (e.g. visitors, the general public). Work health and safety covers topics like:
- manual or repetitive tasks
- safety while working with machinery, or working at heights
- working with hazardous substances
- occupational stress.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) provide information on work health and safety laws and useful safety guides. Find out more by:
- asking WHSQ a question online
- phoning the WHSQ Infoline on 1300 369 915.
Workplace harassment or bullying is where a person is subjected to behaviour, other than sexual harassment, that:
- is repeated, unwelcome and unsolicited
- the person considers to be offensive, intimidating, humiliating or threatening
- a reasonable person would consider to be offensive, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
Workplace harassment does not include reasonable management action carried out in a fair way.
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Returning to work
Find out what to do when re-entering the workforce if you haven’t worked for an extended period of time.