Vicarious trauma is an occupational health and safety issue.
In Victoria, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 includes psychological health under the definition of ‘health.’ As the risk of vicarious trauma is a risk to workers’ psychological health, preventing and responding to vicarious trauma therefore falls under the legislative framework of the Act.
The Act lists five principles of health and safety protection (s. 4) that all apply to organisational responses to the risk of vicarious trauma:
This video explains the obligations of employers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).
The below resources provide further information and guidance about the OHS framework in Victoria.