What Leading the way is

Leading the Way is a strategy to improve health and safety in the public sector.

How we created Leading the way

The Victorian public sector has a shared vision for an engaged workforce that is mentally and physically safe, so it can meet the needs of the community.

Government departments, public sector organisations and unions wrote Leading the Way to achieve this vision.

We will commit to:

  • take a holistic and inclusive approach to health and safety
  • promote positive mental health and wellbeing
  • prevent and respond to occupational violence and aggression.

How to use these resources

Use these resources to:

  • communicate the strategy
  • put changes in place
  • measure progress in your workplace.

Help with these resources

If you need help, find contact details on the cover page of each resource.


Framework - full strategy

A document outlining the whole Leading the Way strategy to improve health and safety in the public sector.

Cumulative trauma framework

Created by the Public Sector Interdepartmental Committee in partnership with FBG Group.

Poster - mental health and wellbeing charter

An A3 poster that shows how leaders will drive and support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace with Leading the Way.

Guide - promotion and implementation

A document to help you adopt, communication and use Leading the Way.

Framework - education and training

A framework that outlines the education and training everyone needs to identify risks to mental health and promote mental wellbeing.

Guide - reducing violence and aggression through design

A guide with practical advice on how to reduce risk of violence and aggression through better design of buildings.

Guide - occupational violence and aggression

A framework and training tool that shows good practice in preventing and managing occupational violence and aggression.

Report - consolidated measures

A report about the consolidated measure for Leading the Way

Procedure - Workload management procedure for all VPS staff

A procedure to assist all VPS employees and their manager to promote a healthy work-life balance

Guide - Workload management for managers

A guide to assist managers to address workload management issues.

Guide - Mental health and wellbeing: a minimum data set

A guide for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Reporting tool

A reporting tool to map progress against the requirements of Leading the Way.

Template - Portfolio agency report

The aim of the report is to map your organisation’s progress against the requirements of ‘Leading the Way’, a strategy to improve health and safety in the public sector. It is for use for internal reporting to your senior management and lead department.