Does WorkCover Cover Stress / Anxiety Leave?

WorkCover for Stress or Anxiety

Yes, stress leave & time off due to anxiety or psychological conditions can be covered by WorkCover in Queensland but only in certain situations.

Psychiatric or psychological injuries (PPI)

Psychiatric or psychological conditions, such as anxiety disorders may be covered by WorkCover as long as they are caused by employment. A PPI may be caused by excessive fatigue, bullying, work pressure or stress, violence, poor working conditions or a traumatic event.

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A psychiatric or psychological injury might not be covered if:

  • other circumstances in your life were a significant contributing factor;
  • the injury arises out of reasonable management action taken by your employer such as a decision not to promote you or grant you requested leave or working conditions, demotion, discipline, retrenchment or dismissal;
  • the injury arises because of some action taken by your employer or insurer in relation to your worker’s compensation claim.

When deciding a psychiatric or psychological injury claim, WorkCover will discuss the events that gave rise to the injury with you, your treating doctors and your employers.  

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Last update on:
May 29, 2018
Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For expert advice call 1800 266 801 or chat via live chat to arrange free initial advice with our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.


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