The Mindful Employer Charter

About the Mindful Employer Charter

The Mindful Employer Charter is voluntary agreement by Australian employers who care about improving mental health in the workplace. The Charter is a statement of broad principles which employers work towards (not a formal set of standards or accreditation), and is an integral first step in the Mindful Employer program.

Signing the charter demonstrates your organisation's committment to best-practice mental health and safety in the workplace.

See our list of Mindful Employer signatories.

The ME Charter

  1. Promote good mental health in the workplace, and show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants who have, or who develop, mental health problems. This will include positive statements in recruitment literature.
  2. Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and the Disability Discrimination Act, and given appropriate interview skills.
  3. Make it clear in recruitment and supervision that people who have experienced, or who develop, mental health problems will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
  4. Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
  5. Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to staff who experience mental health problems or who care for a family member affected by a mental health problem.
  6. Ensure all managers have information and training about managing employees affected by mental health problems or caring for someone affected.

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