Skip to content
Education Training, Government Federal

Government must act on uni staff workplace health nightmare: union

National Tertiary Education Union < 1 mins read

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has urged the Albanese Government to act on damning findings of a new study highlighting a workplace health crisis for university staff.

 

A four-year survey involving more than 6200 responses from Australian university staff has found unacceptable levels of stress, burnout, pressure and mental injuries.

 

Almost three quarters (73%) of professional and academic staff reported poor work environments in 2023.

 

More than two-thirds (67%) reported poor psychosocial safety, double the national average, while a similar amount (66%) reported suffering from burnout.

 

Some 43% reported extreme tiredness, anxiety or depression.

 

The research group was led by University of South Australia Professor Kurt Lushington, in collaboration with ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Maureen Dollard.

 

NTEU National President Dr Alison Barnes said universities must be compelled to prioritise staff wellbeing and safety.

 

"The damning findings of this major study highlight a sector in crisis, with lives at risk from unsafe working environments," she said.

 

"The Universities Accord must address this life-and-death issue with decisive steps that put the onus back on universities to ensure safe working environments.

 

"Incredibly high levels of stress, exhaustion and mental distress must sound alarm bells for vice-chancellors all across Australia.

 

"Failures to protect staff will result in some of Australia's most brilliant minds leaving our sector, which would put the nation's future at risk.

 

"The union's own research has explored these issues, with similar findings about the shockingly high levels of psychosocial hazards faced by university staff.

 

"The NTEU urges Education Minister Jason Clare to make improving staff wellbeing a core part of the government's response to the Accord."


Contact details:

Matt Coughlan 0400 561 480 / matt@hortonadvisory.com.au

More from this category

  • Business Company News, Education Training
  • 12/04/2024
  • 15:30
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

ITECA Board Chair Appointment – Business Leader, Mark McKenzie

The peak body representing independent skills training, higher education, and international education providers, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has a new independent…

  • Contains:
  • Education Training, Environment
  • 12/04/2024
  • 10:54
National Tertiary Education Union

Charles Darwin University must stop attacks on academic freedom

The National Tertiary Education Union has urged Charles Darwin University’s vice-chancellor to drop his attack on academic freedom. Scott Bowman has asked a Senate inquiry into the controversial proposed development of the Middle Arm precinct on Darwin harbour not to publish two submissions from CDU academics. The academics were responding to an official CDU submission supporting the project made without consulting staff or students. In a letter published by the inquiry, Professor Bowman asked the committee not to publish a joint submission by two academics and to redact parts of a second submission by a professor of nursing and outgoing…

  • Education Training, Regional Country Services
  • 12/04/2024
  • 09:30
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

New University Study Hubs Help Students To Stay In Their Communities

The Australian Government’s announcement of ten new regional University Study Hubs is critical to helping students stay in their local communities to undertake tertiary education. In this context, the initiative has been welcomed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent skills training, higher education, and international education providers. The regional University Study Hubs program is an Australian Government initiative formerly known as the Regional University Centres program. It takes a student-centric approach to improving access to tertiary education for students across remote, rural, and regional Australia. “These hubs support students from remote, rural, and…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.