Psychosocial Health & Wellbeing Award

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The Psychosocial Health & Wellbeing Award acknowledges and recognises the positive contribution of an individual or organisation to an initiative for risk elimination or mitigation of psychosocial hazards  in a workplace. This includes the design, development and implementation of programs and promotions to reduce psychological harm and create positive work environments.  

Psychosocial hazards and risks emanate from factors in the workplace that impact on an individual’s mental or emotional state and include: the way the work is organised, job demands, job security, communication,  organisational structure, worker social structures, organisational culture, and worker support.      

Failure to adequately risk manage psychosocial hazards and risks can result in adverse outcomes including bullying, violence, aggression, harassment, and the creation of uncomfortable, unhealthy and unproductive work environments.     


The selection criteria for this award include the following:  

  1. The nature and features of the psychosocial health and wellbeing initiative and its relevance or usefulness to WHS. 
  2. Attributes of the design, development, implementation, monitoring, review and improvement of the psychosocial health and wellbeing initiative.   
  3. The benefit or improvement in health and safety that the psychosocial health and wellbeing initiative addresses or achieves, including potential benefits or broader industry application.   


Entry to this award is open to all individuals, businesses and undertakings that operate in Western Australia, including the corporate, government, not-for-profit and community sectors.  

Individuals and business entities being nominated for this award must provide written permission for the nomination and for its use in WHS Foundation promotional materials.   


Submissions must include a clear written summary addressing the selection criteria below. (Up to 500 words in MS Word or PDF). However, to compliment the written submission, applicants are encouraged to also submit a short video (max 3 minutes) and additional supporting material including: documents, photographs, video / audio, web links or other relevant information with their submission. 


A judging panel comprising 3 to 5 judges will qualitatively assess applications against the criteria above and select a short list of award finalists. One winner from the shortlisted finalists will be determined that, in the opinion of the judging panel, best demonstrates achievement of the award category and criteria.  


Finalists will be notified in advance of the award ceremony. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Saturday 14 October 2023 at the gala event at the Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth.