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Notice given 30 April 2010

2796  Senator McGauran: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) For each of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 to date:

(a) what was/is the total number of people on stress leave;

(b) what was/is the total number of males on stress leave;

(c) what was/is the total number of females on stress leave;

(d) what was/is the total number of days lost by those on stress leave;

(e) what was/is the average number of days taken for stress leave;

(f) what was/is: (i) the top 20 longest number of days taken for stress leave (including those still on stress leave), and (ii) the reasons for this stress leave;

(g) what was/is the two most common reasons taken for stress leave;

(h) (i) to which Government departments were those on stress leave attached, and (ii) how many for each department;

(i) what was/is the total cost (in dollar terms) of stress leave; and

(j) what was/is the top 20 individual dollar payouts for those on stress leave.

(2) What therapeutic and/or medical facilities are provided for those on stress leave, for example, exercise trainers, gymnasium facilities, meditation, massage, holiday advisors or dietary experts.

(3) For each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 to date, what handbook, guidebook or advice was/is given to participants on stress leave.

(4) What is the legal definition of stress used by Comcare.

(5) (a) What is the process to assess whether an employee is entitled to stress leave; and (b) is there an appeal process for the employee if they are assessed to not be entitled to stress leave.

(6) What sections of the appropriate Acts relate to stress leave.

(7) Is there a time limit on how long a person can be on stress leave.

(8) ls there a dollar cap on the amount a person can receive when on stress leave.

(9) For each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 to date, have any Acts or regulations relating to stress leave been amended or changed, for example, its definition, entitlements and/or its payout; if so, can a comparison be provided showing the full details of the changes, i.e. the wording of the Act or regulation before and after the change.